Neon Knits to Brighten Up Your Look

E-Comm: Neon KnitsWinter is all about the cozy weather upgrade and we’re not mad about it.
However, why is it that when we turn to sweaters, we usually gravitate towards neutral colors? Black and…

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Robert Geller Collaborating With Lululemon

Lululemon has tapped designer Robert Geller for a special collection that will be unveiled during New York Fashion Week: Men next month.
Called “Take the Moment,” the 12-piece capsule “explores the life of Robert Geller over a 96-hour period, built to move seamlessly from early morning workouts to urban life and international travel in comfort and style,” according to Lululemon.
Geller laughed when read the description, but acknowledged that the collection allows him to not only stretch his design wings but speaks to him personally. Geller is an avid soccer player and also does “quite a bit of yoga” and other exercises to ensure he stays healthy. “This whole world of wellness is very interesting and important to me,” he said. “My life is taking the kids to school, exercising an hour and then going to work.”
Ben Stubbington, Lululemon’s senior vice president of men’s design, worked with Geller to create the collection, which includes short-sleeve shirts, tanks and shorts with breathability functions and a full range of motion. The capsule also includes pants, collared shirts, half-zip hoodies and jackets.
The design of the pieces features Geller’s signature unique fabrics, linear taping and tie-dye washes. They will retail from $ 68 to $ 398 and can

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Refinery29 Partners With IMG in Multiyear Deal to Roll Out 29Rooms in New Locations, Explore New Territory

Through a multiyear partnership with IMG, Refinery29’s 29Rooms are about to be built in new locales.
With the support of IMG, the media and entertainment company plans to operate and expand the experiential 29Rooms to four markets, including domestic and international ones. The plan is to ramp up the consumer experience in existing locations as well.
Introduced in 2015, 29Rooms showcases culture and creativity through the participation of artists, visionaries and partners who introduce new and socially relevant ideas with interactive installations, performances and activities. Their efforts and interpretations are all about storytelling and self-expression. With the help of Janelle Monáe, Demi Lovato, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kesha, Lena Waithe, Kali Uchis, Rupi Kaur, Jill Soloway, Alexa Meade, Shantell Martin, Petra Collins, Cleo Wade, Planned Parenthood, ACLU, GLAAD, Snapchat, Google, Facebook and other past participants, 29Rooms has welcomed visitors from 47 states and 24 countries.
Fashion’s fascination with all things experiential is ever-fastening. Tommy Hilfiger is finessing plans for a yet-to-be-disclosed experiential show for the first Tommy x Zendaya collaborative collection in Paris. Last fall, Matchesfashion.com unveiled 5 Carlos Place, a five-story, 7,000-square-foot experiential town house in the tony Mayfair section of London. Around that same time, Eileen Fisher opened Making Space, her first experiential store and

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MISBHV Men’s Fall 2019

The mass of people pressing against the entrance of the venue could only mean one thing: the invitation to the MISBHV show had been leaked. “There are 3,000 people waiting to see you, so give them a show they will remember,” said designer Natalia Maczek during a pep talk given to the models backstage, in what seemed like barely an exaggeration.
In an underground car park in the seediest part of the 18th arrondissement, guests were packed into a show venue defying all security rules (as well as the “no smoking” signs). WWD was told that an interview post-show would prove difficult, as the venue was going to be transformed into a rave party. Models got changed in the parking lot’s toilets. The air was charged with the smell of dope, spray-on deodorant and pre-show nerves.
The collection seemed to meet the crowd’s anticipation. Cheers greeted the casting, a blend of models scouted in the brand’s native Poland – “We wanted to support our country and show these faces to the world,” said Maczek, who designs alongside creative director Thomas Wirski – and international talent, with a focus on blurring gender codes. Richie, a photographer from New York, wore a prairie-style, high-waisted skirt

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EXCLUSIVE: Natacha Ramsay-Levi to Head Fashion Jury at Hyères Festival

BEGINNER’S LUCK: Natacha Ramsay-Levi, creative director of Chloé, is to preside over the fashion jury of the 34th edition of the International Festival of Fashion and Photography, set to take place from April 25 to 29, WWD has learned.
Jewelry designer Charlotte Chesnais will head the jury for the festival’s accessories prize, sponsored by Swarovski and now in its third year. Meanwhile, Craig McDean will take the lead for photography.
Ramsay-Levi said it would be her first time attending the festival, and she looked forward to establishing a dialogue with the candidates.
“I have no lessons to give. I believe that everyone has their own journey and there are many different ways to create fashion. All I can do is try to encourage the values I believe in, such as sincerity and hard work. In order to go the distance and say something meaningful, you need to work hard and be exacting,” she told WWD.
She picked her jury to represent all the facets of the business that a designer needs to deal with, from retailers and graphic designers to editors and brand ambassadors.
It includes Charlotte Casiraghi; Guillaume Houzé, director of image and patronage of Groupe Galeries Lafayette; Michael Amzalag and Mathias Augustyniak of graphic design

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Detox Beauty Products You Need Now

E-Comm: Detox Beauty Products You Need Now The new year ahead call for a lot of newness, and top of mind is your health.
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Paris Men’s Fashion Week: A Survival Guide

Where: The Marais, still the go-to zone for new shops, eateries and cafés.
Shows in the area: Acne Studios, Facetasm, Alyx, Cmmn Swdn and Lemaire.
What not to miss: Looking for a bite to eat between Facetasm and Acne Studios? Leg it to Raw to Go, a new takeaway spot opened by culinary duo Marie and William Pradeleix that specializes in raw food — think sashimi, beef tartare, cold-pressed juices and cacao bars. For a spot of shopping, new men’s concept-store La Garçonnière carries more than 200 brands, including Danish outerwear label Rains, funky eyewear styles by French start-up Izipizi and the ubiquitous — and sustainable — Veja sneakers, as well as a barber shop. As happy hour comes closer, check out the new bar Cambridge Public House, which was opened on Jan. 14 by Hyacinthe Lescoët, former head barman at the Mary Céleste. “Fancy cocktail places can be a bit intimidating, so we wanted to recreate the vibe of an English pub, with cozy furniture and an open mindset,” said the drinks maestro. Good to know for Dry January: around a quarter of the creative cocktails listed on the menu will be spirit free.
Raw to Go, 56 Rue de Turenne, 75003. Open

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Prabal Gurung Sponsors Fashion Sweepstakes for Show Tickets

For Prabal Gurung fans, the company is offering a fashion week sweepstakes for free tickets to the fall fashion show on Feb. 10 at Spring Studios. The show takes place at 7 p.m.
Every Prabal Gurung purchase made online (prabalgurung.com) and in-store (367 Bleecker Street in New York) enters the customer to win two free tickets to the show.
It’s the first time Gurung has made this offer. The sweepstakes began Jan. 22 and continues through Feb. 5. The winner will be contacted on Feb. 6.
Born in Singapore and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal, Gurung graduated from Parsons The New School for Design. After beginning at Cynthia Rowley and Bill Blass, Gurung launched his eponymous collection in February 2009 with a philosophy of encompassing modern luxury, style and glamour. His designs have been worn by Michelle Obama and the Duchess of Cambridge, among others.

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Armani Privé Couture Spring 2019

Invitations for Giorgio Armani’s Privé haute couture show arrived with a satin pouch containing three vials of his new fragrance, Laque — a teaser for a collection that paid homage to Asia as seen through an Art Deco prism.
Having traded the cavernous Palais de Chaillot for more intimate venues, the designer took over a succession of salons in the Hôtel d’Evreux for his leisurely display, which drew A-listers including Uma Thurman, Céline Dion, Juliette Binoche, Dakota Fanning and Amber Heard.
In line with the Jazz Age theme, models wore snug flapper caps dripping with beaded fringe, or miniature conical hats with stiff veils. The show kicked off with a pair of shiny metallic gray trouser suits with graphic Art Deco motifs, establishing the season’s ruler-straight shoulder line.
That power shoulder was a recurring motif, appearing on a zigzag-patterned pink and gray jacket, as well as on evening looks such as a fiery red sequined dress topped with a matching buttonless crocodile coat that had an almost liquid sheen.
Indeed, the collection was awash in scarlet, a color not normally associated with the king of greige, but one that tied in neatly with the lacquer theme, not to mention bringing good luck in Chinese

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Nicole McLaughlin Talks Sustainable Design, Life on Adidas’ Farm and the Permanence of Books

MISTAKEN IDENTITY: Three years into her consultancy with Reebok as a full-time graphic designer, Nicole McLaughlin personifies the Millennial spirit that sustainability doesn’t have to be boring.
Off the clock, the New Jersey creative repurposes vintage store and eBay finds into one-of-a-kind creations. The slides she made from a magenta JanSport backpack racked up nearly 22,000 likes a few weeks ago. And more recently a pair of pants salvaged from two Columbia Sportswear ski jackets were another winner with her followers. “I have two jobs and to be honest they influence each other,” McLaughlin said Tuesday.
Edging more toward concept designer status, she sees her role in both capacities as “how to reimagine something that exists.” The end result can be mules made from Wilson tennis balls, or an umbrella repurposed with The North Face puffer jackets. Nearing the end of a London-Paris-Amsterdam trip with Reebok, McLaughlin said she steers clear of reimagining products from Reebok competitors like Nike or Under Armour.
In New York at the end of last year for a three-month rotation at “The Farm,” the creative hub in Greenpoint run by Adidas, she worked with seven to 12 apparel, footwear, color and material designers from its Herzogenaurach, Germany, and

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The Orville Co-Stars Scott Grimes and Adrianne Palicki Are Engaged

Scott Grimes, Adrianne PalickiThere’s a wedding on the way for these co-stars.
The Orville stars Scott Grimes and Adrianne Palicki are engaged, the couple confirmed on social media Thursday night. “So happy…

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Bergdorf’s Bruce Pask to Get Shop at Men’s Store

Customers are about to get a much closer glimpse into the life and loves of Bergdorf Goodman’s men’s fashion director Bruce Pask.
Next month, the upscale men’s retailer will open a new shop on the third floor of its men’s store called B. The 450-square-foot space will offer a collection of some of Pask’s favorite pieces from brands including Craig Green, Le Mont St. Michel, Clarks Originals, Closed, Common Projects and Want Les Essentiels. The shop will also mark some new additions to the store, including Margaret Howell, Lou Dalton, Bode and Armor Lux.
Pask described the merchandise in B as “handpicked wardrobe-creation pieces but with a point of view.” The pieces are “neutral and easy, but a bit more special.” For example, he said he’s been wearing wide-leg pants for a while and Closed created a double-pleated khaki that fit that bill, while the desert boots he’s worn since he was in college were updated by Clark’s in a suede basket weave.
The merchandise will be sold in a multivendor approach rather than by individual brand, he said.
“It’s my personal take, but I believe it’s a broad enough edit to speak to a wide audience,” he said. “They’re great, easy, well-made, personality-filled

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Paris Inaugurates Plaque for Azzedine Alaïa in Paris

PARIS — It was an emotional ceremony. For the unveiling of a plaque honoring Azzedine Alaïa, his people turned out in full force to the storied atelier, including his life partner Christophe von Weyhe and Naomi Campbell, who famously referred to him as Papa.
Coinciding with the opening of the exhibit “Adrian and Alaïa: The Art of Tailoring” at the Maison Alaïa, the event assembled visitors of all ages, including politicians and figures in the fashion world. Campbell, along with Farida Khelfa, paused to take in the rows of tailored dresses crafted by the late designer, which were displayed alongside ones by Gilbert Adrian, the famed Hollywood designer of the Thirties and Forties, before heading out into a chilly courtyard for the speeches.
Campbell bowed her head and leaned against a friend as von Weyhe recounted memories at the Maison Alaïa, where he and Alaïa moved in 1990.
Von Weyhe and Ariel Weil, the mayor of the local Paris district, flanked by Natalia Vodianova and former French culture minister Jack Lang, tugged on strings to pull off the cover of the plaque while Campbell filmed the scene with her phone.
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Schiaparelli Couture Spring 2019

When Elsa Schiaparelli was a little girl, her uncle Giovanni, a renowned astronomer, compared the beauty marks on her cheek to the stars forming Ursa Major. Years later, she commissioned a brooch in the shape of the constellation, which became a personal talisman.
That anecdote from her autobiography “Shocking Life” was one of the childhood memories that inspired creative director Bertrand Guyon’s spring haute couture collection, which explored the founder’s obsession with astrological signs and flowers through the prism of her lesser-known work in the Fifties.
Frothy tulle confections and colorful botanical prints contrasted with sequin-sprinkled gowns inspired by the sky at night, carrying evocative names such as Luna Orbiter, Zeta Draconis and Via Lactea. The latter, a ruffle dress in inky tulle, was embroidered with a sparkling milky way.
A master of the embellished jacket, Guyon introduced radical new shapes such as hourglass-shaped peplum jackets that came with matching bell-shaped skirts or shorts. He borrowed lush embroideries from antique porcelain motifs, and culled an astrological pattern from a 17th-century star atlas.
Guyon admitted that he wasn’t much of an astronomy buff himself, and doesn’t even read his horoscope. “It’s not something I’m naturally drawn toward, but it’s part of the DNA of the

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Felicity Jones Talks Flying High at Dior’s Circus

ROLL UP, ROLL UP: One of the guests at the circus tent setting for the Christian Dior show Monday afternoon felt right at home. “Rogue One” actress Felicity Jones had just a week ago wrapped filming “The Aeronauts,” in which she plays a circus performer and hot air balloon pilot.
“It’s a real magical adventure story, so this is totally fitting,” she said. Even the acrobatics seen during the show were nothing to scare the rising performer — the role saw her shooting in a hot air balloon.
“It’s pretty amazing, actually, because you go up so gently it’s not quite as scary as you think it’s going to be because it’s a slow incline, but then suddenly you’re 2,000 feet up looking out of the balloon and thinking, ‘Wow, it is actually quite high up here.’”
Maria Grazia Chiuri had called on acrobatic troupe Mimbre to perform as part of the circus-inspired show, framing the models as they walked the runway. “She wanted Mimbre to come with a team of all-female acrobats,” Lina Johansson, artistic director and cofounder of the London-based company, who began work choreographing the project with 18 performers in November, explained backstage before the show.
“Maria Grazia is so inspiring

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Fashion-Forward Maternity Dresses

E-Comm: Fashion-Forward Maternity Wear Mamas-to-be, it sure is an exciting time!
First off, congrats on the bun in the oven. And second, how enthused are you to rock stretchy pants for nine months? You’re the queen and…

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Skate Legend Tony Hawk Debuts Line With Cherokee, Campaign by Anton Corbijn

Skate legend Tony Hawk is rolling into new territory with licensee Cherokee Global Brands, debuting a signature collection of street and sporty clothing and accessories that will land on shop floors in June.
Although Hawk has done sports-inspired collections before, most recently with Kohl’s, this is the first time he’s fronting a clothing line that nods to fashion and aims to appeal to a wider audience. He’s tapped the photographer and director Anton Corbijn to shoot the first ad campaign, which features Hawk, members of his family and fellow skaters.
The photographs went on display Friday during Paris Men’s Fashion Week at a private exhibition at Galerie M21 in Le Marais, Paris and online at tonyhawksignatureline.com.

“The vision behind the range was to give fashion and skate enthusiasts alike a rare glimpse into my life before and beyond skating,” said Hawk. “So, when the opportunity arose to work with Anton Corbijn – someone who shares a mutual passion for music and raw, unfiltered art – I knew instinctively that the creative direction would be extraordinary.”
He described the fall/winter 2019 range as “designed for fans, innovators and iconoclasts.” It will be sold at top fashion and specialty skate stores globally, including Dover Street Market.
Corbijn

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Homme Plissé Issey Miyake Stages First Paris Artistic Presentation

ART ATTACK: Homme Plissé Issey Miyake staged its first artistic presentation in Paris, on Thursday night at the Centre Pompidou. Guests in attendance lined all four walls of a vast room there, which made up the “playground” that the designer had created along with concept and direction by Daniel Ezralow.
To wit, there was a line of rings and a dangling rope, plus a tightrope in place before the beginning of the performance, which featured gymnasts, dancers and models. It sprang to life after a bell was chimed solemnly and men sprinted across the space to begin dressing.
A group of them lined up sporting a selection of the streamlined pleated clothing that comes in a wide array of saturated colors, from the brand’s fall 2019 collection created by Miyake and his design studio, and demonstrated how pieces can be mixed and matched. Two guys sporting wider garb did an amazing balancing act on the tightrope.

Homme Plissé Issey Miyake’s balancing act. 
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Men walked, danced and ran around the room, filling it with a swirl of lush hues and an exuberant, joyful vibe. A high point was when some swung from the rings in ethereal, mesmerizing synchronized movement.
“Playgrounds are for everybody of all

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Christian Dada Men’s Fall 2019

Masanori Morikawa created a strong collection charged with urban sartorial pieces and less of a nod to Eastern influences than in seasons past.
The show notes explained that the line, called Signal Noise, was influenced by a 1994 art happening, entitled “S/N” by Dumb Type, conceived by a Japanese artist collective that — through the piece — questioned discrimination and imagined a time devoid of borders and stereotypes. The performance’s aesthetic and political elements particularly inspired Morikawa for fall.
There was a coherence to this collection full of streamlined silhouettes for men and women, like the cinched black suit and jacket, brown velour trousers and bomber, and multicolored striped sweater over black velour pants.
This lineup was full of varied details, such as splayed cuffs, tape seams and winged motifs, and fabrics like a coated material appearing shiny; wool; leather, and cotton. Colors varied, too, from black and navy to mauve and teal.
What could have been clashing — the look, say, with a white turtleneck, multicolored, collage-like shirt, glossy gray trousers and long, zip-up gloves — coalesced.

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Tomorrow Consulting Creates Japanese Fashion Brand Incubator

TOMORROW, TODAY: Fashion accelerator Tomorrow Consulting is launching an incubator to grow high-potential Japanese fashion brands worldwide. It was created with the Japan External Trade Organization and Japanese influencer Daisuke Gemma, and has chosen as its first brand Motofumi “Poggy” Kogi.
“This project comes from a big need of the Japanese market, to help and support talented young designers in new ways, to help the development of their brands,” Luca Corsetti, Tomorrow Consulting’s managing partner, told WWD. “We curated a selection of brands and, for sure, Poggy was the very first one.”
Corsetti said Japanese brand executives will be aided to understand the needs of international markets, including communications and operations. “We decided to support from end to end — from the strategy up to the execution of the product,” he explained.
Corsetti called Kogi, United Arrows & Sons creative director who is known widely as “Poggy the Man,” among the most talented people in Japanese fashion. “Poggy has one of the most brilliant visions about the market at large,” he said.
Kogi’s brand includes collaborations with rising Japanese designers, each one focused on a particular product category. The collection on display currently in Tomorrow’s Right Bank showroom includes shirts made of repurposed bananas

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Impulse Buys You Didn’t Know You Needed

Impulse Buys You Didn't Know You NeededAll impulse shoppers please say I.
Ok, now that we’ve all identified ourselves as people that like to spend money (sorry not sorry), it’s time to figure out what’s actually…

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Ryan Seacrest Enterprises President Resigns

Kelly Mullens Brown, a key executive at Ryan Seacrest Enterprises, is leaving her post as president at the end of February.
Brown, who has been with the company for more than seven years, oversees corporate strategy, brand innovation and strategic alliances for Seacrest, and his various business and philanthropic interests.
She was instrumental in the creation of Seacrest’s apparel collection, Ryan Seacrest Distinction, at Macy’s in 2014. Brown joined the company as executive vice president of external relations in July 2012, and was elevated to president in November 2013. She also holds the title of president of RSD Lifestyle LLC, a role she took on in July 2016.
“I’m grateful to Kelly for her significant contributions and unwavering dedication to my business and philanthropic interests over the past seven years,” Seacrest said. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working closely with and mentoring Kelly. Her intelligence, curiosity, passion, creativity and spirited drive will ensure she is successful in whatever path she chooses going forward.”
He said Brown has “a strong track record in cultivating strategic and successful partnerships, negotiating and executing complex, new business initiatives with a commitment to quality in everything she does,” he added.
Brown said her duties will be split among the company’s executive team.
“I’m indebted to Ryan and appreciate the faith and confidence he gave me throughout my tenure. I’m proud of everything we accomplished together,” Brown said. “This job has been one of the highlights of my

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Kate Moss, Lily Allen Attend Dior Men Show

LOCATION LOCATION: Lily Allen was in mock casting-agent mode arriving at the Dior Men show on Friday, with her tell-all, best-selling memoir, “My Thoughts Exactly,” set to be made into a film or TV series.
Sporting a silver leopard-print anorak accessorized with a diamond cannabis-shaped necklace she picked up at Icebox in Atlanta, Allen, who is also working on a second book, her fifth album and two musicals, had inadvertently matched her black lipstick to the color of the venue, a sprawling ephemeral structure set on the Champ-de-Mars opposite the École Militaire, with the Eiffel Tower looming in the near distance.
When asked who should play her, the singer, who said the format for the adaptation has not yet been decided, shrugged, surveyed the space, and jokingly pointed to the nearest fellow front-rower: Christina Ricci.
An unassuming Ricci, a friend of Dior Men creative director Kim Jones who had flown from Los Angeles to support his sophomore outing for the house, was taking in the space. “It’s very impressive to see this big Brutalist tent set against the beauty and elegance of Paris,” she said.
Other high-profile guests attending the event included Kate Moss, joined by her beau Count Nikolai von Bismarck; Robert Pattinson and Naomi Campbell.
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Jet Set Men’s Fall 2019

For Michael Michalsky, becoming creative director of Jet Set was like coming full circle. As a teenager growing up near the German city of Hamburg, he would take the train into town on Saturdays to window shop at the luxury sportswear brand’s store.
Eventually, he managed to buy one of its jackets on sale. That orange bomber jacket from 1984 has been reissued as part of Michalsky’s first collection for the St. Moritz-based label, which celebrates its 50th anniversary with a series of drops celebrating archival designs from its Eighties heyday.
“Jet Set during that time was in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy the non plus ultra luxury sportswear brand, basically. If I look back on it now, they created a segment that now every luxury brand really wants to get into,” he said.
“Ever since then I had a love affair with the brand, because I have always been very fascinated and very smitten by sportswear,” he added.
Jet Set couldn’t have dreamed of a better advocate for its revival. With a passionate eye for detail, Michalsky pointed out the technical details – many borrowed from U.S. military garb – on ripstop bomber jackets, heavyweight cotton T-shirts and performance ski suits.
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Tommy Fazio Joining Maris Collective

Tommy Fazio has another gig.

On Monday, Maris Collective, a company that brings high-end retail to resorts around the world, will bring the former fashion director on board as executive director of brand management.
He will be responsible for overseeing, monitoring and ensuring the success of all existing vendor shops-in-shop as well as identifying and evaluating all new vendor shop opportunities, the company said.
Fazio will also be responsible for all the aspects of Maris Collective’s Four Seasons logo and fashion brands. and will partner with the buying department to develop and implement strong buying and merchandising strategies.
Fazio left UBM Fashion last year where he had served as fashion director of the men’s shows, including Project. During his career, Fazio has also worked at Nordstrom, Simon Spurr, Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus.
Most recently, he had served as a consultant to Liberty Fairs.
Maris Collective was created in 2008 by LeeAnn Sauter and Eric Lopez and now operates more than 58 stores globally.

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Khloe Kardashian Proves You Don’t Need a Significant Other to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Khloe Kardashian, Malika Haqq, Becca CosmeticsIn honor of Valentine’s Day, Khloe Kardashian is showing love to the person that always has her back: Malika Haqq.
Since the early days of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, viewers…

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Ralph Lauren Creates Heatable Moon Jackets

Last year was a big one for Ralph Lauren. The designer celebrated his 50th anniversary with a number of memorable moments that included a celebrity-laden runway show in Central Park, special anniversary capsule collections and even throwing out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium.
It also marked a continuation of the company’s association with the Olympic Games, where it once again dressed the American team for the opening and closing ceremonies.
The looks that the athletes wore in South Korea last winter were the starting point for a new wearable technology program that is being introduced this week.
“It all started with the Olympics,” said David Lauren, chief innovation officer of Ralph Lauren. The patriotic puffer jackets that the company created for the athletes turned out to be quite popular among the participants and the few consumers that were able to get their hands on the “handful” of pieces the company made available to the public.
“We got tons of calls,” Lauren said. “And they were selling on eBay for $ 8,000.”
In addition to looking cool, the jackets also heated up to keep the athletes warm during their time outdoors.
And now, Ralph Lauren is producing the jackets commercially and infusing them with an updated heating component

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Tavares Strachan Brings Space Bombers to Paris With CIFF

SPACE MAN: Tavares Strachan is getting into fashion. The Bahamian artist has created a capsule collection and installation of six bomber jackets showing in Paris.
“I never thought I’d be producing something that people would wear,” said Strachan at a preview of the installation at the Crillon. “I don’t see this as fashion to me, this is sculpture.”
Branded under the name B.A.S.E.C., for the Bahamian Aerospace and Sea Exploration Center Strachan created after undertaking cosmonaut training a few years ago, the project is staged by edgy trade fair CIFF under the tagline “The Northwind Trilogy.”
Curated by Neville Wakefield, the three-part project was unveiled at Art Basel Miami in December before hitting Paris and will head to CIFF in Copenhagen at the end of the month.
The jackets were created in collaboration with the artist’s mother, and have a social as well as commercial ambition. Crafted by local women, money raised from their sale will be used to fund training initiatives for women in the island nation and inject resources into boosting local production.
Fewer than 600 jackets will be produced in total, and they will be offered to select retailers worldwide that can support the installation concept. They will sell for around $ 2,000

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Boris Bidjan Saberi Men’s Fall 2019

Boris Bidjan Saberi relayed Mongolian and Persian influences for fall, adding flavor to his precise, military-inspired designs. The silk road was awash with primary materials like copper and silver, he noted backstage following the show, and he decided to train his sights on the oxidation process.
Strips of copper decorated the faces of the models — “soldier makeup” in the designer’s words, with patches of aquamarine blue added to complete the closing number: a tailored jacket and shorts ensemble, in this bright blue, with a furry yak vest, in a silvery hue, strapped on top. High-top boots, also dyed in the prerequisite hue, completed the look, while sturdy straps reined in the silhouette, adding to the utilitarian feel. “My technical roots come from military garments — this is a driving force of the collection,” he said. The military bent was certainly back in full force this season.
The dyeing process — color! — was another underlying theme, as the lineup gradually shifted from grays and silvers to include pale blues before leading to an emphatic aquamarine.
The carefully considered choice of materials — yak wasn’t the only leather; there was also horse and kangaroo — and the accessories — small purses attached to

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Moj Mahdara Partner on Beauty Competition

Modelpreneur Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Beautycon Media chief executive officer Moj Mahdara have their sights set on creating their own beauty competition-style TV show. “We’re working on it,” said Mahdara on Thursday night in Los Angeles, where she and Huntington-Whiteley hosted an influencer-packed dinner to celebrate the winner of their “Next Beauty Star” social media contest.
“We were introduced through a mutual friend, actually our facialist Shani Darden, and I felt like I’d known Moj for 100 years,” explained Huntington-Whiteley, who in May launched her Rose Inc. lifestyle platform which highlights new products and personalities in the beauty space. “We talked about how we could bring the brands together and feeling like we wanted to create a mentorship program to find the next rising star in the industry.”
They set five weekly challenges for their followers (create a blue smoky eye, glowing makeup, a sun-kissed look using pastel products), reviewed submissions sent via social media channels, and picked the winner, Cameron Day, who they will be sending to beauty school in L.A. “We loved Cameron and she had a really great story, coming to beauty later in life and moving to L.A. from Detroit to start her career. Hopefully she’ll be doing my makeup soon,”

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Kelly Rowland Shares Advice for Balancing Motherhood and Fitness

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Versace, 2 Chainz Collaborate on Chain Reaction Sneaker, RTW Capsule

MILAN — Versace is collaborating with 2 Chainz on a new “2 Chain Reaction” sneaker. In addition, a men’s ath-leisure capsule collection designed with the American rapper will be available exclusively in the U.S.
The shoes will be presented in Atlanta, the hip-hop star’s hometown, during the weekend of Feb. 1, which is Super Bowl weekend. The game will be played Feb. 3 in Atlanta.
Characterized by the sneakers’ staple chain-link sole, Versace’s Grecian frieze, and braille lettering, the shoes introduce an embossed croc Neoprene collar with dual zip closure. The zippers are connected by a nylon strap for ease and functionality.

2 Chainz wearing the Chain Reaction sneakers designed in collaboration with Versace 
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The collaboration will launch in a pop-up boutique in Atlanta’s Wish Gallery Feb.1 to 3 and on versace.com. The sneaker will be dropping in the Versace Phipps Plaza boutique that week and become globally available on Feb. 8.
The limited-edition sneakers come in a branded box and bag featuring the “2 Chain Reaction” logo.
Born Tauheed Epps, 2 Chainz is also the founder of apparel brand CEO Millionaires, which in 2016 teamed with Julieanna Goddard, also known as Yes Julz on Snapchat.
In November, 2 Chainz released the two-song EP “Hot Wings Are a Girl’s Best

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Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Memorial Project to Be Reviewed by Landmarks Preservation Commission

More than three years after Gov. Andrew Cuomo greenlit a $ 1.5 million grant to build a memorial commemorating the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, activists are still working toward having the project completed.
In 1911, 146 garment workers — most of whom were young women — perished in the Triangle Shirtwaist fire in a factory located at 29 Washington Place. Although the building is owned by New York University, the project is being led by the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition.
To try to speed up the process to get what is known as the Triangle Fire Memorial completed, the group has hired Gina Pollara, a former president and chief executive officer of the Municipal Art Society who served as executive director of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, as a consultant. On Jan. 22 the 11 members of the Landmarks Preservation Commission will hold a public hearing and may vote afterward to decide whether to grant a certificate of appropriateness for the Triangle Fire Memorial, according to an LPC spokeswoman. If a vote is not taken Tuesday, a public meeting — without further public testimony — would have to be held, she added. The memorial would be installed on NYU’s Brown Building, which

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Dries Van Noten Men’s Fall 2019

Add Dries Van Noten to the ranks of designers dialing back the sportswear this season. The show notes for his fall collection promised “a view on tailoring for the next generation” and “a step back from nonchalance and sportswear.”
It opened with a sequence of sartorial staples: a white shirt and tie, a pin-striped suit and a charcoal wool coat. Van Noten soon introduced a note of visual disruption, in the shape of tie-dye patterns that bloomed across sweaters, jeans and suits.
They were most striking in psychedelic bursts on silky reversible raincoats. Seemingly random, the patterns were in fact engineered to be “hyper optic and exactingly symmetric.” Together with a graphic carpet motif, they added a dash of Sixties bohemia to a display otherwise focused on subtle ways for a man to draw attention.
Those included a striking new suit shape, which paired a short jacket, with crisp shoulders and a high and narrow waist, with wide pleated pants. Also intriguing: the asymmetric quilted jackets that wrapped around the body like down comforters, and wool blankets that were wrapped around the waist like skirts.
The takeaway message: Being smart doesn’t have to be uncomfortable. Underlying it all was a suggestion that men need

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State Bags Strikes New Charitable Initiative Inspired by Colin Kaepernick

State Bags, an accessories brand with a give-back model, has today launched its newest charitable initiative inspired by athlete Colin Kaepernick’s famous defiance within the NFL.
The campaign, titled #WhatDoWeTellTheKids: WhyWeKneel is the latest installment of State’s aim to aid in social education programs for children. This particular campaign focuses on local athletics and law enforcement, aiming to bridge a gap between the two.
The brand has photographed and conducted interviews with athletic coaches as well as former NYPD and Marine Corps officers to examine both sides of the argument for kneeling, while also parsing the politics, social actions and public issues of our time.
State Bags has built out a web site with content dedicated to these issues and has also made a donation to Operation Conversation: Cops & Kids to mark its launch.
State cofounder Scot Tatelman said of the initiative in a statement: “As our business has grown, so has our platform and responsibility in using it to shed light on social issues and injustices that impact marginalized populations. Our newest #WhatDoWeTellTheKids project, ‘Why We Kneel’ shares the often lost narrative around Colin Kaepernick by featuring coaches, former NYPD and Marine Corps officers in communities most affected by the issues Kaepernick

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Shop These Sales and Hit the Slopes

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Saks Gets Retail Exclusive of Kim Jones’ Dior Men’s Collection

Saks Fifth Avenue has managed to snag the early launch of the much-coveted debut collection of Kim Jones for Dior Men.
Although the line will be offered at other stores in early February — including in an installation with some exclusive pieces at Nordstrom Men in New York and Seattle — Saks has secured the early retail exclusive for the line. The collection has already launched at Dior’s stores, including the eight in the U.S. that carry men’s wear.
Saks will be carrying the full collection of ready-to-wear, sneakers and accessories embellished with the brand’s signature bee logo that has been reimagined by street artist Kaws.
The summer collection will be available at Saks’ New York, Beverly Hills, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, Houston and Toronto stores on Jan. 16, two weeks ahead of other retailers. It will not be available online at Saks but is being sold on the Dior e-commerce site.
Product pricing will range from $ 490 for a Kaws bee T-shirt to $ 5,900 for a crystal Kaws bee denim jacket.
Saks will devote the center six windows at its Fifth Avenue flagship to the launch from Jan. 16 to 30. They will feature Kaws’ designs, including the bee motif as well as his

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Olivia Culpo Debuts Exclusive Collection With Express

Olivia Culpo held court Wednesday morning at ABC Cocina, where she introduced her new Express x Olivia Culpo collection.
The collection is Culpo’s take on power dressing and street style and emphasizes “GRL PWR,” which is emblazoned on some of the pieces. It’s essentially a wardrobe capsule for the girl on the go.
Discussing how she got together with Express, Culpo told WWD, “It was a pretty organic meeting. I worked with Express before on a few one-off things. I personally was always inspired to design things that are appropriate for the everyday girl at an appropriate price point so that anybody can wear it and feel good.”
The collection is inspired by “GRL PWR” and comes in XXS to XXL and 0 to 18.
The Express x Olivia Culpo collection hit 300 stores today, as well as online at Express.com/OliviaCulpo. The line is the first in a series of capsule collections (with other collaborators) that will be revealed by Express throughout 2019. Culpo’s collection is made up of 32 pieces, ranging in price from $ 35 to $ 138. The collection includes blazers, biker shorts, jumpsuits, sweats, sequin dresses and female empowerment T-shirts, in a palette of black and white, with pops of red, pink

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Off-White Men’s Fall 2019

As he gears up for the first museum exhibition of his work, Virgil Abloh has been delving into his childhood obsessions. His fall men’s show was titled “Public Television,” an exploration of his favorite shows growing up, from American children’s TV series “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” to sports broadcasts.
But this was no warm, fuzzy trip down memory lane. Abloh, a moving target if ever there was one, doesn’t do nostalgia — even as he prepares for the show of his career highlights so far at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, opening in June.
“I don’t look back. I’ve never been one to stop and think. I’m always going forward. I think that’s why getting this exhibit together had me for the first time even caring to look at old things. I’m less into things, but more into why we as humans in art or fashion, or outside of that, respond to things and what makes our taste,” he said.
Growing up in Rockford, Ill., his aesthetic was shaped by watching everything from basketball legend Michael Jordan to businesspeople — hence the wide range of references spilling onto the runway. Oversize suit jackets were paired with voluminous jeans, as if a Nineties

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Lola & Leone Unveils First Amenity Partnership With Royal Blues Hotel

WORKING TOGETHER: Lola & Leone has embarked on its first amenity partnership with the Royal Blues Hotel.
The year-old fragrance brand created by Olga Litvinenko is offering its signature fragrance at the boutique hotel located in Deerfield Beach, Fla.
“The collaboration is our first location in Florida and our first collaboration of this kind,” Litvinenko said. “The hotel is focused on art, food and well-being and that’s something that we emphasize as well.”
The signature scent, which is a blend of wood oils, rose, pear, bergamot and gardenia, will be available for testing in the hotel rooms and for purchase at the hotel’s boutique. The 3.3-oz. bottle retails for $ 195. The brand will also have its soy-based candle, which is infused with the signature scent, available for purchase for $ 72.

The Royal Blues Hotel 

After meeting at a gala, Litvinenko teamed with hotel owner Edward Walson to combine their passions for philanthropy. A portion of the sales of the Lola & Leone products will be donated to a group of 10 charities, including the T.J. Martell Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Association and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, among others.
“We both have a similar interest in philanthropy,” Litvinenko said. “We wanted to see how we could work together

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Denim Jackets to Keep You Warm

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Ones to Watch: Fumito Ganryu

PARIS — After making an impact at Pitti Uomo last June with the presentation of his first namesake collection since quitting Comme des Garçons, Fumito Ganryu is capitalizing on the momentum of the category he’s best known for — streetwear — and taking on Paris.
Ganryu — who counts among his peers “bad boys” Facetasm’s Hiromichi Ochiai and Sasquatchfabrix’s Daisuke Yokoyama — worked with longtime collaborator 6Up on the production of the Paris show Tuesday at the Hôtel d’Évreux. “It’s something people need for the 21st century,” said the designer of his direction, though it “doesn’t have to start with a new material or new technologies.”
Instead, explained the designer in an interview in the run-up to the show, the aim is to present his vision of the future “in the simplest way,” cutting through the “disorder” of mainstream brands in a saturated market that, for him, are just churning out “revivals of a heritage look.”
His first collection, with its future-wear vibe and deconstructed styling (think Neoprene hoodies tied at the waist to create a seamless apron effect or a yellow jacket attached to the front of another yellow jacket that gives a weird surrealistic feel), represented “one small facet of my

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CFDA Introduces Sustainability Initiatives to Help Guide Designers Looking for Cleaner Ways to Work

With “where to begin” being a common conundrum for many brands considering sustainability, the CFDA has launched its Sustainability Initiatives to help designers do their part to clean up the fashion industry.
In line with the United Nations’ call for the fashion industry to act on its global mandate on sustainability, the CFDA has rolled out a four-part strategy. Many designers’ questions may be answered by referencing the first edition of the CFDA Guide to Sustainable Strategies, the Sustainable Strategies Toolkit, the CFDA Materials Index or the CFDA Sustainability Directory.
While Eileen Fisher, Stella McCartney and other designers have been committed to trying to clean up the industry’s excessive waste for a while, many less established brands are examining sustainability for the first time. The United Nations Alliance on Sustainable Fashion will stage its launch event March 14, during a media event of the 4th U.N. Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya. Just as consumers have learned about the environmental farm-to-table choices, sustainability supporters are hopeful that greater awareness about the need for sustainable fashion will lead to changing the consumption and production habits.
Konstantin Grcic recently joined forces with the Aeance to create a sustainable capsule collection. Stella McCartney has been leading the

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Galvan Pre-Fall 2019

Galvan’s German-based Atelier proved inspiration for the brand’s latest array of playful glamour. Berlin, specifically in the late Seventies, when David Bowie’s move to the city influenced its youth culture and nightlife set the backdrop.
“What was interesting, particularly, when he was there was this surge, almost, of freedom and rebellion in the midst of all of the downy, slightly depressing atmosphere that happened under the shadow of the wall,” Galvan’s Katherine Holmgren explained. “It was all about electrifying nightlife…the fantasy world that a lot of the youth created to escape their everyday.”
The Bowie centric-film “Christiane F.” inspired a satin bomber, while his iconic outfits inspired a fringed and sequined jacket paired with flared, pleated trousers. There were touches of slightly unconventional, slightly over-the-top glamour that melded nicely with the brand’s DNA of cleaner, pared down silhouettes. There were discotheque, glam-rock inspired dresses — sequined in green, with beaded fringe in blue, liquid like in rose-gold — that held the brand’s sought-after effortless feel. Sharp tailoring and separates rounded out the expanded collection — an all-white suit or beaded black bodysuit — with the right amount of modern glamour you could see on any one of the brand’s quickly growing

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Lourdes Leon Appears in Miu Miu’s New Ad Campaign

MIU MIU’S GIRLS: Miu Miu has tapped Madonna’s daughter Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon to front the brand’s spring 2019 ad campaign.
British photographer David Sims portrayed Leon in the backseat of a car against a blurred cityscape. Other images feature actresses Juliette Lewis, Maya Hawke, Zazie Beetz, and Chinese model Du Juan aboard coaches and buses.
This is not the first time Leon fronts a fashion campaign as she was tapped as one of four models for the images of Stella McCartney’s Pop fragrance in 2016.
The 22-year-old Leon also recently walked her first runway show last September during New York Fashion Week, appearing on the catwalk of Gypsy Sport.

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Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger Are Engaged: A Timeline of Their Whirlwind Romance

Chris Pratt, Katherine SchwarzeneggerIt’s official! Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger are going to tie the knot.
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Brett Johnson Opens Milan Showroom

Brett Johnson is hoping to expand his reach in Europe and has opened a showroom on Via Manzoni in Milan to showcase his fall collection.
The American designer launched his eponymous collection in 2013 and opened a showroom and retail store in New York’s SoHo neighborhood in 2017. That location will remain open.
Johnson said the collection is currently carried in 15 wholesale accounts in Europe and Asia and the goal for this season is to add another 30 doors. The showroom in Milan is 3,200 square feet.
The collection offers classically inspired outerwear, knitwear, trousers and leathers inspired by Johnson’s upbringing in Virginia. Key pieces include soft-shoulder blazers in cashmere and alpaca, a variety of bombers, parkas, field jackets and peacoats in leather, suede, shearling or cashmere. The color palette is mainly neutral with white, forest green, mustard yellow and a variety of blues and grays.
Johnson, the son of Black Entertainment Television founders Robert and Sheila Johnson, got his start designing his own interpretation of the Nike Air Force One sneakers and then branched out into apparel. The Brett Johnson line of outerwear, knitwear, woven shirts and trousers are all manufactured in Florence.

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United Nations Alliance on Sustainable Fashion Plans for March Debut in Nairobi

The United Nations Alliance on Sustainable Fashion will be officially launched March 14, during a media event of the 4th U.N. Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya.
While different U.N. institutions have tried to encompass fashion in various sustainability initiatives, this will mark a more comprehensive approach to address all aspects of a sustainable fashion industry. Just as consumers have learned about the environmental farm-to-table choices, sustainability supporters are hopeful that greater awareness about the need for sustainable fashion will lead to changing the consumption and production habits.
The Alliance on Sustainable Fashion is comprised of U.N. and specialized agencies, including Connect4Climate-The World Bank Group, Ethical Fashion Initiative-International Trade Centre, FAO, ILO, U.N. Climate Change (UNFCCC), UNECE, U.N. Environment, U.N. Global Compact, U.N. Office for Partnerships and other groups, according to Michael Stanley-Jones, the co-secretary of the new alliance. The objective is to “coordinate the U.N. system’s response to the challenges that the textiles, fashion and accessories sectors face in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” he said.
Stanley-Jones said, “Fashion is cross-cutting, so to capture the opportunity that fashion presents, the U.N. and its partners need an integrated approach that cuts across individual Sustainable Development Goals to realize the multiple benefits offered

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Danilo Paura Men’s Fall 2019

Danilo Paura chose a small, newly refurbished theater in central Milan — a gem of a place called Teatro Gerolamo — to show off his colorful collection of streetwear and sporty styles, all of which are made in Italy. Looks included puffers, zebra-print trousers and scarves, knits in shades of acid green or bright blue — and even a pinstripe suit. On the footwear front, there were hiking boots and cowboy styles. Paura said that, more than anything else, he was proud of his fabrics, which included wool, cashmere, brushed mohair and cotton, and of their provenance and comfort.

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Grin Acquires WearAway for Undisclosed Sum, WearAway Founder to Oversee Fashion, Beauty, Retail Partnerships

Grin, a Sacramento, Calif.-based influencer marketing technology company has acquired WearAway for an undisclosed sum.
As part of the deal WearAway founder Lee Greene has joined Grin as vice president of partnerships with a focus on fashion, beauty and retail. In the four years since she started WearAway as a rental marketplace and online showroom for influencers to borrow designer apparel and accessories for content and events, the company attracted more than 5,000 members, 7,000 products and 900-plus brands.
WearAway is Grin’s first acquisition. As for whether WearAway will still exist as a site, it hasn’t been decided what Grin will do with the domain, according to Grin’s chief executive officer Brandon Brown. “We’re still trying to figure out how do we integrate those assets into the company and what that looks like,” he said, adding that Grin might potentially absorb Wear and not continue it.
Founded in 2014 as a cross-promotion marketplace for influencers, Grin moved into influencer marketing in May 2017, Brown said. The two companies were connected through a mutual friend who thought the acquisition would be “a really good fit and spoke with the founders,” Greene said. “We immediately connected and really hit it off. I clicked really well

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Top 10 Books to Read in 2019

E-comm: Top 10 Books to Read in 2019Remember when book clubs were a thing?
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Italy’s Men’s Sales, Exports Grow in 2018, Brands Support MFW

MILAN — Trade policies, Brexit uncertainties, social protests in France and European political elections are factors that could influence the economy this year, but Brunello Cucinelli is unwavering: “Of one thing I am sure: it’s not true that men don’t want to buy, I don’t believe this at all.” With “at least three different posts” on social media per day, men “must change depending on the occasion. We take more care of our looks because we will be posted. It’s a new way of life,” he argued.
Figures released by Centro Studi of fashion industry association Confindustria Moda support this positive take — even 2019 is seen as “stable” compared with 2018 and showing “limited dynamism,” based on the spring 2019 orders. That said, the Italian men’s wear industry is expected to report 2018 sales of 9.44 billion euros, up 1.5 percent compared with 2017.
Men’s wear accounts for 17.5 percent of Italy’s textile and fashion revenues and 27.9 percent of all apparel. The first half of 2018 was particularly brisk, with exports up 5.5 percent, but business slowed starting last summer. Consumer spending in Italy was defined by the association as “one of the worst [since] 2013.” However, 2018 year-end figures

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Miuccia Prada’s Take on Freedom of Speech, Cultural Appropriation

SPEAKING FREELY: Miuccia Prada is one of fashion’s most intense and thought-provoking designers. She challenges herself, surrounded by artists and intellectuals and, during interviews, ponders the answers and often throws in more of her own questions. On Sunday, ahead of her fall men’s show in Milan, the designer candidly approached the subject of cultural appropriation and freedom of speech — and of thought — clearly issues that have been top-of-mind after recent accusations of racism against the brand, which her company has vehemently denied.
In December, Prada faced online accusations that animal-like figurines and charms in its stores and windows evoked blackface. The group subsequently issued a statement saying it “abhors racist imagery” and vowed to withdraw the items from “display and circulation,” while explaining that the figures are “fantasy charms composed of elements of the Prada oeuvre” and known as Pradamalia. The brand nonetheless pledged to improve its “diversity training.”
“I increasingly think anything one does today can cause offense,” Miuccia Prada said Sunday, speaking in soft tones, at the headquarters of the cultural Fondazione Prada. “There can sometimes be a lack of generosity but, on the other hand, how can we know all cultures? The Chinese protest, then the Sikh,

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Dsquared2 Men’s Fall 2019

In the Instagram era, experiences are becoming key to making a difference in the real, physical environment. While images and videos available on smartphones can help a brand spread its message, a proper event can guarantee guests will go back to their homes with special memories and emotions. This is what Dean and Dan Caten must have thought when they conceived the format of their fall runway show, with guests standing by the catwalk as at a music concert and bars serving drinks. And, indeed, the music was great — a mix of pop, dance and Madonna’s iconic songs. The thing is, people weren’t there for the soundtrack or the drinks. They were supposed to be there to see the clothes. Even if Dsquared2’s intentions were noble — offering a fun, entertaining and unconventional experience during fashion week — the result missed the mark, with several editors leaving before the end of the show because they couldn’t see a thing.
Those who managed to sneak in through the crowd witnessed a pop, rock ‘n’ roll, grungy, disco extravaganza. After presenting a pre-fall collection focused on chic, wearable pieces, the Caten brothers used their fall coed runway to send out a clear

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Front Row at Prada Men’s Fall 2019

PRADA’S BRITS: British actor Callum Turner took in his first Prada show, although he said he had been to Milan a few times. “I love Milan and managed to see friends in a short amount of time,” he said, adding a few Italian words. Coming up for Turner are a BBC “conspiracy thriller” and his role as Frank Churchill in a new rendition of “Emma,” opposite Anya Taylor-Joy playing the titular heroine. “We need more Emma,” he joked about the latest cinematic version of the Jane Austen novel. Filming “in and around England” will start in May, directed by this “really cool American photographer and director Autumn de Wilde, who did Beck’s album and lots of iconic rock ‘n’ roll photos.”
British actor Will Poulter said he was in Milan just for the Prada show, although he did manage to squeeze in one Italian meal. “Yeah, we went to Pizza Express,” joked Turner, who was sitting nearby. The Brits never leave their sense of humor behind, do they? Poulter is currently playing Colin, a computer programmer, in “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” on Netflix and will star in “Midsommar,” a film about a summer holiday gone wrong, which is due for release later this year.
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Step Up Your Hoodie Game

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Meet P448, the Sneaker Brand Wayne Kulkin Is Betting On

MILAN — If you think the sneaker trend is about to end, think twice.
Wayne Kulkin, former vice chairman and chief executive officer at Stuart Weitzman, who oversaw the label’s global expansion during a 26-year tenure, is among the latest executives to have thrown his hat into the sneaker ring.
In 2017, he teamed up with Hilco Global’s chairman and ceo Jeffrey Hecktman to form StreetTrend LLC, a holding company focused on bringing Italian heritage and craftsmanship to the sneaker arena. He soon identified P448, an Italian niche sneaker brand founded in 2014 by Marco Samorè and Andrea Curti, as a label with great potential.
“It’s an oversaturated market, but on the other hand, there’s a complete casualization. I don’t think this is going to change and [we will] go back to men wearing suits and ties and women wearing dresses all day long, so this trend is here to stay. It’s comfortable, it feels good, it’s easy to wear and cool.”

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After helping to expand the label’s global retail network by signing an exclusive distribution and marketing agreement with P448 in 2017, Kulkin deepened his commitment to the brand by acquiring a stake in the company last summer.
In July 2018, StreetTrend

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Thom Browne Attends First Ermenegildo Zegna Show

FAST FRIENDS: “He’s my new best friend, I love our friendship,” gushed Thom Browne of Gildo Zegna, chief executive officer of the Ermenegildo Zegna Group. Although his own show is slated for Paris next week, the designer took the time to fly to Milan to show his support for Zegna, which took a majority stake in Thom Browne Inc. at the end last August. While Browne demurred from detailing any specific future plan for the brand, he said there will be “a lot more stores opening in the next couple of years.”
In a sign of Zegna’s pull in China, Hong Kong singer and actor William Chan Wai-ting attended the show, flanked by, among others, the brand’s longtime friend, actor Daniel Brühl; model Winnie Harlow, who snapped photos of the looks throughout the show, and American actor McCaul Lombardi, who fronted Zegna’s advertising campaign with Robert De Niro in 2017. Michele Norsa, vice chairman of Missoni, was also at the show, having joined the board of Zegna in 2017.
SEE ALSO:
Review: Ermenegildo Zegna Men’s Fall 2019
Gallery: Backstage at Ermenegildo Zegna Men’s Fall 2019

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Kiton Men’s Fall 2019

“Respect” was one of the words spelled out on the walls of the Kiton showroom in Milan. “We must not forget where we come from,” said chief executive officer Antonio De Matteis. “I think too many are losing their way.”
To avoid that trap, Kiton’s core customer remains central to the brand and he is a global traveler—whether for business or pleasure. And that man needs a light, deconstructed suit that can be pulled out of a suitcase without any fuss. “Formal wear becomes smart casual clothing,” said De Matteis. One that comes with price tags that can reach between 30,000 and 50,000 euros in the case of soft vicuña jackets.
Exclusive fabrics continued to add new touches to Kiton’s staple Prince of Wales or houndstooth jackets. Four-ply cashmere jackets and hoodie shirts stood out, flanked by military styles similar to parkas with fur collars or reversible quilted jackets and a cashmere coat lined in weasel, nutria or mink combined with a double face garment with an extractable fleece lining.
Mariano and Walter De Matteis, the twin brothers and sons of the ceo, presented the third collection of their KNT line, which employs the same premium fabrics as Kiton but with a sportier

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Giorgio Armani Shows his Love of Colors

TRUE COLORS: The photographic exhibit “Fabula,” unveiled Friday evening at the Armani Silos space, isn’t what one would really expect from Giorgio Armani–and the designer knows it. “I was tickled by the idea that people think I love neutrals so much, that this is a contradiction and that Armani doesn’t love colors, but, actually, here they are,” said Armani during a walkthrough. “I fell in love with these color palettes, and I had fun with the images.”
Indeed, the exhibition of more than 250 images by French photographer Charles Fréger, his largest to date and running until March 24, is joyful and entertaining, capturing a variety of subjects from around the world, ranging from the Finnish ice-skating team and images of young Sumo wrestlers and Sikh soldiers to whimsically and artfully painted Jaipur elephants or quirky yet traditional masked costumes.

Two photos by Charles Fréger 
Charles Fréger

Armani, who years ago staged his own “Eccentrico” exhibition said there is a “need for eccentricity today. He lamented how generally “we are now stupidly attracted by small and banal things, but we need to be stimulated.” In fashion, too, it seems “anything now is an invention, but that’s not true. We must be inventive.”
 

Photos by Charles Fréger 
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Shay Mitchell Has a Message for Social Media Haters and Advice for Living Your Best Insta-Life

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BRUNELLO CUCINELLI

Brunello Cucinelli 
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Designer: Brunello Cucinelli
Inspiration: The luxury label found the inspiration for its new collection in the elegance of the Fifties. Calling the lineup “Gentleman at Ease,” Cucinelli offered a relaxed take on classic tailoring. The brand, which this season enlarged its booth at Pitti Uomo, returned the focus to its wide offering of suits, which ranged from effortless-chic styles targeting the new generation of men to evening options. In keeping with this renewed attention on suits, Cucinelli recently introduced in key stores a made-to-measure program that enables shoppers to create customized tailoring styles while experiencing the brand’s Italian lifestyle in dedicated areas offering high-end facilities and services.
Key Styles: In the suiting range, while jackets were cut close to the body, Fifties-inspired high-waisted pants with double pleats were among a selection of wider, comfortable silhouettes. Fabrics spanned from traditional wools and cashmeres to flannels, corduroy and velvet. Knitwear took center stage with cozy crewneck and V-neck sweaters, sometimes embellished with sporty-chic tennis details that showed rich melange effects. The color palette focused on neutral tones of gray, blue and beige, enriched with accents of warm dark red and deep purple hues. — Alessandra Turra
 
Z ZEGNA

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Designer: Alessandro Sartori
Inspiration: Innovation was

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Homme Plissé Issey Miyake to Hold First Presentation in Paris

NEW PLEATS: Homme Plissé Issey Miyake, a men’s line from the Japanese designer, is holding its first presentation in Paris on Jan. 17.
Choreographed by Daniel Ezralow, the artistic presentation will take place at the Pompidou Center at 9 p.m., following the Issey Miyake show earlier in the day at 11 a.m. in the Palais de Tokyo. Ezralow choreographed a presentation for Homme Plissé Issey Miyake featuring the men’s gymnastics team of Aomori University in 2013. The Pompidou Center presentation will take place in same space as a recent exhibit on Japanese architect Tadao Ando, a large room with windows lining one side.
Homme Plissé Issey Miyake was established in 2013 as a masculine counterpart to Pleats Please, which was launched two decades prior. The clothing is meant to be light and comfortable, with uniform pleats to keep fabric from sticking too close to the skin.
Designed by Miyake and his teams, pieces to be featured in the presentation are part of the fall winter 2019 collection, with most of the items pleated after being cut and sewn. The line has been growing with an offer ranging from ath-leisure and casual style clothing to suits.
In another recent Paris performance, Issey Miyake opened the

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Maggie Marilyn Pre-Fall 2019

“I guess two, two and a half years in it’s like, ‘What’s next?’ We manufacture in New Zealand, have a transparent supply chain, always are looking at fabric innovations…but as a brand, how do we progress and grow that still feels sustainable? Because it feels a little bit weird to say, ‘Ah, we’re sustainable,’ but we’re growing and putting more product into the world,” Maggie Marilyn contemplated. But for 2019, the sustainability maven is expanding her efforts even further.
For her latest collection, made up of high summer and pre-fall counterparts, Marilyn’s process comes not from one big overarching concept, but from sustainability, as well. “Looking at each individual garment and thinking, ‘How can we improve this in every way for the customer and for the people that make it?’” she mused. Even her fresh color palette was derived from her mom’s garden, where growing up she was taught how to grow beautiful things without the use of harmful pesticides and insecticides and later, subconsciously lead to her current state as a designer. The lineup held a more simplified ease than prior seasons — knotting details in place of overtly feminine ruffles and colorblocking in place of stripes. Dresses and skirts

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Rhode Resort x Shopbop Capsule Collection Debuts in L.A.

“This is the first time we’ve really been able to sit back and enjoy what we’ve done,” says Rhode Resort cofounder Phoebe Vickers, celebrating her label’s new six-piece capsule collection for Shopbop at a flower-festooned dinner at L.A.’s Chateau Marmont Thursday night.
Jaime King, Skyler Samuels and Shopbop fashion director Caroline Maguire joined guests in wearing the collection’s vacation-ready, exclusive cactus and hibiscus flower-print dresses (some sold with fun, matching belt bags), while sipping prosecco in Bungalow One, before sitting down to dinner beneath a rainbow grove of blooms created by L.A.-based florist Art Fleur.
“We love to nurture young designers,” said Shopbop’s Maguire. “Rhode Resort especially resonates with who our brand is; it’s bright, cheery and colorful — our customer loves it.”

Pieces from the Rhode Resort capsule for Shopbop. 
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Rhode Resort was founded in New York in 2014 by Vickers and Purna Khatau, who met as freshman roommates at Hamilton College and discovered they had the same taste during their first trip to stock their dorm room at Bed Bath & Beyond. After school, Khatau gained experience as a buyer for Harvey Nichols in London, while Vickers worked in advertising. They reconnected over a desire to create daywear that bridged

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Tim Tebow Is Engaged to Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters

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Nordstrom Men to Shine Light on New Concepts by Sam Lobban

Sam Lobban is making his first major mark on the Nordstrom Men store.
On Friday, the vice president of men’s fashion, who joined the retailer in June, will unveil New Concepts, the first in a series of rotating pop-up shops intended to highlight innovative men’s wear.
The first is being called Concept 001: Out Cold and is centered around what Lobban and the Nordstrom merchandising team believe to be the best products for inclement weather. The shop will have a physical presence on the main floor of the Nordstrom Men store on 57th Street and Eighth Avenue in Manhattan — replacing the Olivia Kim Merry + Bright holiday shop — as well as in the Seattle flagship.

The Out Cold shop opens Friday. 

Among the 20 brands that will be offered are Kjus, Houdini and Aztech Mountain for ski and outdoor apparel; high-tech brands Arc’teryx Veilance and Mackintosh; technical footwear from Hoka One One and Salomon, and outdoor gear from Leatherman and Snow Peak.
The new concept comes as Nordstrom continues to tweak the New York store, the first men’s-only unit in its fleet. While there has been criticism of the store’s configuration and product selection, Nordstrom executives have said they continue to adapt to what

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Diamond Producers Association Appoints Managing Director for North America

The Diamond Producers Association, or DPA, has appointed Kristina Buckley Kayel as its North American managing director.
Buckley Kayel previously served as vice president of communications, North America for Van Cleef & Arpels. She has also held marketing and public relations roles at Bottega Veneta, Ferragamo and Baccarat.
Beginning her new role on Feb. 4, Buckley Kayel will be responsible for creating new marketing strategies that further the organization’s “Real is Rare” motto.
“Kristina’s experience in the fine jewelry sector, along with her comprehensive communications expertise, business acumen and creativity, gives her a unique industry perspective. We are excited to have her join the Diamond Producers Association and work with us to strengthen and build upon our mission in the United States,” DPA chief executive officer Jean-Marc Lieberherr said of the hire.
The DPA was founded in 2015 by seven of the world’s biggest diamond-mining organizations as an industry-saving measure. Lab-grown diamonds are on the rise and Millennials have proven averse to the diamond tradition — weary of their conflict-riddled past and high price tag. Thus, the mining companies sprung to action, looking to reingratiate themselves with younger generations.
The DPA’s ‘Real is Rare’ campaign was launched in 2016 with the goal to teach Millennials

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Canali Men’s Fall 2019

After seasons of unveiling its collections at Milan Fashion Week, Canali made a comeback to Florence with an evening event hosted inside the prestigious Palazzo Antinori. This was a smart move for the brand, as opting for a presentation format managed to openly showcase the high-end quality of its men’s offering. In keeping with current trends, Canali refreshed its tailoring with a relaxed, leisurewear-inspired approach. Graphic urban jackets were crafted from luxury fabrics, while cashmere coats featured sporty details, including detachable nylon hoodies. Corduroy pants were matched with turtlenecks with an artisan feel and country-chic blazers, while the elegant attitude of pin-striped suits was tempered by the narrow coats peppered by macro houndstooth patterns. Cozy alpaca and mohair gave a cozy, warm feel to the overcoats, highlighting the collection’s overall sense of luxurious comfort.

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Calvin Klein to Shutter Flagship, Trim Staff, With ‘Go-Forward’ Plan

Calvin Klein Inc. is to shutter its Manhattan flagship in the wake of Raf Simons’ departure as chief creative officer and amid a changing fashion and retail landscape.
Steve Shiffman, chief executive officer of Calvin Klein Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of PVH Corp., revealed the closure among several strategic changes to the brand and organization. It was learned that approximately 100 employees were let go at the company across the entire business.
The brand’s three key initiatives include relaunching Calvin Klein 205W39NYC under a new name, design approach and creative direction. The new name is still under wraps.
The new business will focus on connecting directly to all the other Calvin Klein brands and amplifying each category with its product mix and aspirational experiences. The company plans to close its historic flagship store at 654 Madison Avenue this spring. It couldn’t be learned if another PVH or Calvin Klein brand would be taking over the lease.
The flagship, which was reimagined under Simons features a floor-to-ceiling installation by artist Sterling Ruby, had showcased the 205W39NYC collection. Ruby had transformed the decor from its minimal design by John Pawson to a maximal design featuring an overwhelming wash of bright yellow painted walls.
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What to Buy This January Based on Your Horoscope

E-Comm: Januray HoroscopesNew year, new you never gets old, but do you really mean it?
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Engineered Garments Continues Partnership With Doc Martens

Doc Martens is renewing its partnership with Engineered Garments.
The footwear brand is working with Japanese designer Daiki Suzuki, who founded the brand in 1999, to update the 3989 5-eye brogue. Suzuki, who is known for collecting vintage clothing, mixed five different types of leather — croc, pebble and suede — to construct the shoes, which also feature yellow welt stitching, a Docs signature and an air-cushioned sole. The shoes, which are available now in black and brown, retail for $ 230.
The brand has focused more on implementing comfort and performance into its collections. Last year it launched a WinterGrip collection built for cold weather elements.
“As a footwear brand we are always looking to innovate and bring new technologies to market. This was a great opportunity to combine our classic Dr. Martens styling with a modern, functional WinterGrip technology to the outsole,” said Sam Breese, head of product in the Americas.

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Will New York Fashion Shows Ultimately Land at The Shed?

When will New York Fashion Week set up its fashion shows at the Shed, which opens April 5?
For years, reports have been circulating that the fashion shows would take place at The Shed once it was completed. The Shed revealed Wednesday that the new nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to commissioning, developing and presenting original works of art, across all disciplines for all audiences, will have its opening season starting April 5. The Shed looks to present world premiere works in the performing arts, visual arts and popular culture.
“We have built a home where established and emerging artists working in all disciplines can create new work in ways that we cannot even imagine,” said Alex Poots, artistic director and chief executive officer of The Shed.
So where does fashion fit in?
Ivan Bart, president of IMG Models and IMG Fashion Properties, which produces the fashion shows, said, “We are hosting NYFW: The Shows at Spring Studios this February, and our focus is on the upcoming season. The Shed is an exciting new development with incredible potential to enhance New York’s culture, and we’re confident many of our talent at Endeavor, whether with IMG or WME, will perform or engage with the space.” He

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Diane von Furstenberg Pre-Fall 2019

Freedom, as in ease of dressing, has always been at the core of Diane von Furstenberg’s approach to fashion. Never more so than this season, when a certain extracurricular project had her thinking about more broad-stroke freedom. Officially, von Furstenberg is chair of the museum campaign for the new Statue of Liberty Museum, opening in May. (She prefers the title “godmother of the Statue of Liberty.”)
Originally, von Furstenberg intended to connect that project to this fashion collection only discreetly. But, ever the savvy pragmatist, she reconsidered once Karl Lagerfeld and Donatella Versace referenced Lady Liberty in their Chanel Metiers d’Art and Versace pre-fall shows, respectively. “I raised $ 100 million. I’ll do Liberty, too,” she deadpanned during an appointment last month.
To von Furstenberg, fashion liberty starts with naming this season as she sees fit. “It’s summer,” she said of the range that ships in May, June and July. “It’s very difficult to turn, but it is very important if we’re going to be more DTC [direct-to-consumer] that we follow the calendar.” In deference to the still-preferred European nomenclature, she’s willing to call it “summer/pre-fall,” since the last delivery transitions to an autumnal palette.
As for the clothes themselves, von Furstenberg applied the

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Donna Karan Joins Other Designers in ‘American Style’ on CNN

Donna Karan is among the designers who appear in CNN’s new original series, “ American Style,” which will air Jan. 13 and Jan. 20, with back-to-back episodes at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m., ET.
The four-part docuseries features archival footage and interviews with Karan, along with Tim Gunn, Carson Kressley, Vanessa Williams, Beverly Johnson, Isaac Mizrahi, Jeffrey Banks, Christie Brinkley, John Varvatos and Diane von Furstenberg, among others.
In one of the episodes, Karan talks about how when she began working, clothes were suits, shirts and ties, and she created the idea of “Seven Easy Pieces,” beginning with the bodysuit. The show examines how America’s changing style through the decades has mirrored the political, social and economic climate of the time. The series, which also touts First Ladies Jacqueline Kennedy, Michelle Obama and Melania Trump, highlights the most iconic moments from fashion and pop culture.

Jacqueline Kennedy in CNN’s “American Style.” 

The premiere episode explores style in the Forties and Fifties, how World War II and Hollywood helped create America’s own fashion identity, and the introduction of new trends such as the bikini, Zoot suit, shoulder pads, and the white tee as popularized by James Dean. The second episode tackles the style of the

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How to Get a Red Carpet Glow at Home

Branded: L'OrealCelebs always have a way of luring us in with their red carpet glow, but is it something you can actually achieve at home?
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Project Teams With Cool Hunting at New York Show

Cool Hunting, an independent publication that covers design, culture and technology, will host a lounge, create a retail trend program and curate a selection of its favorite items at Project’s upcoming New York trade show.
Among the brands that will be featured are Herman Miller; Sister City hotel, the new hotel from Ace Hotel Group; Arlo Skye luggage; Rhone; Courant, and Troubadour.
In addition, the New York edition will also feature, N:ow at Project, which debuted at the Las Vegas show last August, and offers forums and trend presentations in partnership with WGSN. There will also be installations and daily discussions about the state of the men’s wear industry.
“Coming off of a successful launch of N:ow this summer in Las Vegas, its debut in New York was a natural progression,” said Jason Peskin, men’s brand director for Informa, which owns Project. “N:ow will continue to evolve the traditional trade show and birth a fresh event experience for both brands and attendees in New York with Highsnobiety providing special coverage of it all.”
Among the speakers who will participate at this edition are Mr. Mort’s Mordechai Rubinstein; Highsnobiety’s editor-in-chief Jeff Carvalho; Rowing Blazers founder Jack Carlson, and Moose Knuckles’ creative director Steff Hoff.
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Maison Rabih Kayrouz Receives Haute Couture Status

MAKING IT OFFICIAL: Maison Rabih Kayrouz joins the select club of haute couture houses.
The Lebanese designer was granted the haute couture tag at a meeting of a commission of France’s Industry Ministry held at the French Couture Federation on Dec. 3, the federation said Tuesday.
After being elected guest member in 2016, Maison Rabih Kayrouz is now one of the 17 fashion houses that are officially on the haute couture calendar, including established labels such as Dior and Chanel as well as relative newcomers like Alexandre Vauthier and Alexis Mabille.
There are 13 guest members on the couture calendar this January, including Balmain. The brand is returning to the couture calendar for the first time in 16 years.
The couture shows are to take place from Jan. 21 to Jan. 24.

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Moschino Pre-Fall 2019

A show in Rome in the middle of the Pitti Uomo trade show? Nothing is too crazy for Jeremy Scott. And actually the Moschino runway show, held at the legendary Roman Cinecittà movie studios, didn’t disappoint those who were asked to leave Florence and head south for just a few hours. If there is a designer who knows how to have fun and entertain his guests, that person is definitely Scott, who celebrated film director Federico Fellini with an event filled with references to his most iconic movies. 
The ruins of the Baths of Caracalla were reproduced in the venue, where the multigenerational casting of female and male models walked around dining tables, as well as replicas of oversize stone torches and columns. Antique Roman elements, creatures from the Latin world, as well as characters stolen from the 18th-century Venetian courts portrayed in the “Casanova” movie were all juxtaposed in the show, which unveiled the Moschino men’s fall 2019 and women’s pre-fall 2019 collections. 
The multifaceted Italian inspiration was reflected in the sartorial quality of herringbone coats and bombers embroidered with Latin wording, while the Old Roman iconography echoed in the overall prints splashed on urban trucker jackets matched with coordinated pants,

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Dior Reschedules Men’s Show Due to Ongoing French Protests

CHANGE OF SCHEDULE: After casting a heavy shadow on the holiday retail period, France’s “gilets jaunes,” or yellow vests, movement threatens to disrupt the calendar of Paris men’s fashion week.
Dior on Tuesday sent out an e-mail advising guests that it was moving its show from its initial slot of 5 p.m. on Jan. 19 to 6 p.m. on Jan. 18 due to the ongoing antigovernment protests, which began on Nov. 17 and typically take place across the country on Saturdays. The fashion house has yet to disclose the location of the show.
The collection designed by Kim Jones will now be unveiled in a Friday slot in the official schedule between Comme des Garçons Homme Plus and Balmain Homme. Other major brands scheduled to show on Saturday include Loewe, making its runway debut, Thom Browne and Hermès.
Symbolized by demonstrators wearing yellow safety vests, the protest movement started out as discontent over a fuel tax but has broadened to encompass a range of frustrations over declining living standards, taking a violent turn that has caught the country by surprise and thrown the government of French President Emmanuel Macron into crisis.
Peaceful demonstrators have been joined by rioters who have targeted luxury stores and

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7 Golden Globes 2019 Dresses That Could Be Your Wedding Gown

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Loewe Unveils New Men’s Collection, Eye/LOEWE/Nature

NATURE BOYS — Loewe has launched a permanent extension to its men’s collection cleverly called Eye/LOEWE/Nature, a pun on the outdoorsy essence of the line and its focus on sustainable aspects.
The collection is comprised of accessories made in Japan, including a satchel, a tote and backpack styles, as well as parkas constructed from technical material, sweaters made from partly recycled cotton fibers, cargo shorts, trousers and shirts in the clothing categories. Prices start from $ 265 for swim briefs to $ 1,290 for a backpack and $ 1,650 for the long parka.
The collection is available now at the pop-up at 52 Brewer Street until Feb. 4 and in selected Loewe stores and loewe.com from Jan. 10. Additionally, Loewe will donate 15 euros (about $ 17 at current exchange rates) to help fight plastic pollution.
“The reality of [sustainability issues] kicked in when I was watching a program about how most of Europe gets a lot of food from Spain and, obviously, a lot of plastic packaging gets put into the ground as waste. And I thought, what can we do?” Loewe creative director Jonathan Anderson told WWD at the launch party for a pop-up store for the collection on Brewer Street in Soho, London, a savvy location

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Pitti Immagine to Mark 30th Anniversary With Dedicated Stamp

PITTI’S STAMP: Pitti Immagine, the organizer behind the Pitti Uomo men’s wear trade show, is marking its 30th anniversary this year and to celebrate the milestone, Italy’s minister of economic development will issue a dedicated commemorative stamp.
Created by designer Italo Lupi, the stamp bears the black writing “Pitti Immagine 30 Anni [30 Years]” against a gray background and is crossed by colorful lines reminiscent of stitching and seams.
The stamp will be presented at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday during the inauguration event of the 95th edition of Pitti Uomo — the first day the stamp will be authorized for use. Pitti Uomo will run Jan. 8 to 11.
“Thirty years ago, the Centro di Firenze per la Moda Italiana started using the Pitti Immagine name … We wanted to remember this anniversary with an official event and nothing is more official than a stamp, a paper rectangle treasuring a discreet fascination and aura as something linked to history, even in the era of non-material communication and liquid society,” said Raffaello Napoleone, chief executive officer of Pitti Immagine.
Flanking the issue of the commemorative stamp, Pitti will also mount “The Fashion Mailbox” exhibition, exploring the relationship between fashion and stamps from the 19th century

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Phoebe English Fall 2019

Phoebe English was thinking about sustainability this season. “I started the collection by working with the base of the material and just being really mindful about how it affects the environment,” she said of her men’s and women’s lines, which she showed together during London Fashion Week Men’s.
English used reclaimed fabrics in her women’s wear pieces in particular. She stuck to what worked best and presented a lineup of all-black pieces, which the designer said was what her clients gravitated toward. The all-black collection of patchwork skirts and coats channeled a “Witches of Eastwick” vibe. Up close, intricate details could be found, such as origami-style woven sleeves, gathered drop pockets and a gathered double neckline.
The men’s line featured gathered, elasticated cuffs on the sleeves and trouser legs. She paired black paneled trousers, with tops done in pink, rich blues and sunny amber.
She paid lots of attention to her materials, working with organic cotton and bamboo silk, working them into easy-to-wear cuts such as straight-leg trousers and boxy button down shirts or ones with high-neck mandarin or notched collars. It was a no-fuss, no muss and universally appealing men’s collection.

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Do Men’s Fashion Weeks Have a Future?

The rise of genderless fashion and coed shows are sparking questions over the future of men’s fashion weeks.
According to data from Launchmetrics, the Media Impact Value — a quantitative number generated by an algorithm to measure the impact of relevant media placements — of men’s showcases around the world has been constantly diminishing as big names exit in favor of coed shows held during the women’s shows. Brands are also putting more focus on communicating one unified message across their men’s and women’s wear departments.
Data gathered during the spring 2019 events last June in New York and London showed they have been lagging behind in terms of the buzz created across print, digital and social media, generating 2.1 million euros and 5.8 million euros, respectively, in earned media impact value.
Men’s showcases in Florence, Milan and Paris, on the other hand, whose schedules are filled with big brand names, continue to hold on to their relevance.
Florence and Milan generated a combined media impact value of 49.4 million euros, while Paris Men’s Fashion Week generated 57.8 million euros.
Virgil Abloh’s Louis Vuitton debut lead the conversation last season — generating 18.2 million euros — and was followed by the likes of Dior, Versace,

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Jim Carrey Is Dating Kidding Co-Star Ginger Gonzaga

Jim Carrey, Ginger GonzagaJim Carrey is single…just kidding!
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EXCLUSIVE: Christopher Raeburn Gets Ready for the Next 10 Years

LONDON — Ten years after generating buzz with a first collection of eight garments made from military parachute fabric and big ambitions around recycling, Christopher Raeburn is gaining even greater recognition in an industry that is waking up at last to environmental sustainability and responsible design.
As Timberland’s global creative director, the London-based designer sees an opportunity to give his sustainability mission a broader, more global platform, while at his own label, Raeburn has brought on board his brother and fellow designer, Graeme Raeburn, as performance director, a new role.
The brothers are now aiming to push the boundaries of design, material innovation and waste reduction further and to redefine what success means along the way.
“For us, success is not about Raeburn products being in every store or on every street corner, quite the opposite. We want to look at growth in a much more modern way than just incremental numbers,” Raeburn said from his East London studio as he was preparing his fall 2019 show, set for Jan. 6 during London Fashion Week Men’s.
“During our early stages, people would look at our business plans and tell me that I wasn’t ambitious enough. I think I always was, but it’s always been about

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Beckhams Turn Out for Kent & Curwen Show, ‘Peaky Blinders’ Debut

PEAK PERFORMANCE: “We watch ‘Peaky Blinders’ all the time — and dress like that every day,” said Brooklyn Beckham, his bearded face shaded by a charcoal flat cap at the Kent & Curwen show in London on Sunday.
The Beckhams’ eldest son, who was wearing a collarless shirt and peg trousers from the new “Peaky Blinders” collaboration with Kent & Curwen, attended the show with girlfriend Hana Cross, parents David and Victoria Beckham, and BBC TV series’ creator, Steven Knight, among others.
The capsule collection made its debut at the fall 2019 Kent & Curwen show, which took place at Two Temple Place, William Waldorf Astor’s former office and a Victorian gem of a building overlooking the Thames with stained glass windows, wood paneling and Arts and Crafts interiors.
Designed by Kent & Curwen’s creative director Daniel Kearns, the capsule includes flat caps, frock coats, peg trousers and a special rose logo that appears on shirts, tops and knits. He riffed on the look of the actors in “Peaky Blinders,” the hit show that centers on the lives of Twenties street gangsters in Birmingham, England and the policemen trying to keep them in line.
A beaming David Beckham, who was looking snazzy in a flat cap,

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Astrid Andersen Men’s Fall 2019

Andersen brought a Copenhagen chill to her collection, which unfolded in the vast outdoor courtyard of Broadgate Plaza, near Liverpool Street station. She certainly came prepared, placing little disposable glove warmers on each chair for guests, and sending out a lineup of cozy knits and plump fur coats — in addition to lots of pinstripes and hand-painted prints.
The designer said she wanted to fuse the idea of streetwear with classical tailoring and luxury fur, as the lines between catwalk and street have blurred beyond recognition.
She worked charcoal pinstripe fabric into karate-style suits, puffers and tracksuit bottoms sealed with reflective tape. Her long, swooshing pinstripe topcoats had a gangster-ish feel to them. That pairing of formal and sporty worked beautifully, although it remains to be seen what bank, law firm or judge will let those outfits through the door.
Andersen worked lots of color into the collection, too, via freeform, hand-painted prints on shirts and hoodies and a terrific lineup of knitwear, including cable-knit leggings for a cold January night, and boxy color-blocked sweaters in rich combinations including corn and mint green.
Color also came in the form of fat, luscious fur coats. They were long and silvery, hip-length and baby blue, or short

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Peter Dundas Goes Long With D7 Eveningwear Drop

LOS ANGELES — “It’s so funny to see winter coats in L.A.,” mused Peter Dundas as rain fell hours before the Art of Elysium’s Heaven Gala.
“I’ve never seen it before,” he went on to say. “It’s so funny.”
The designer was in the midst of last-minute fittings, stopping to chat with people and checking on the stage ahead of the presentation of his Dundas label’s D7 collection. Models walked down the runway during a presentation Saturday evening as part of the Art of Elysium’s Heaven Gala, held in Koreatown amid a busy evening throughout L.A. in the run-up to Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards.
“It’s such an amazing experience putting a show together here,” Dundas said as he walked from the main gala area to the back of the house, where the pieces were still being unpacked. “When I see brands doing shows in different countries, I think that’s an undertaking with the staff and all that. We’re still in the initial part of the story of our house, but here we are. We’re doing it.”
The Norwegian designer, whose résumé has included time at Roberto Cavalli, Emilio Pucci and Emanuel Ungaro, now oversees his namesake label, which he’s molding to reflect broader changes

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Fashion Flashback: See the Stars’ Looks at the 1999 Golden Globes

ESC: Fashion Flashback 1999 Golden Globes, Jessica ParkerWe’re going back, way back, to when scarves ruled the red carpet.
Before we relish in the fashion to come at the 2019 Golden Globes, we’re taking a look back at epic fashion that…

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What to Watch: New York Fashion Week: Men’s Latest Challenges

New York Fashion Week: Men’s has had trouble gaining a foothold since it was launched by the Council of Fashion Designers of America four years ago. The upcoming fall shows — slated for Feb. 4 to 6 — are facing even bigger challenges. First, an unexpected one-time shift in dates by the trade shows in Las Vegas means that retailers and editors who usually attend both will have to make a choice or abbreviate one or both of the events. Project, Liberty Fairs and Agenda will be held Feb. 5 to 7.
On top of that, many of fashion’s biggest and buzziest names have opted to either hold dual-gender shows or have decamped to other cities. Tom Ford will again hold a men’s and women’s show, as he has in past seasons, at 8 p.m. on Feb. 6, officially ending the men’s shows. The women’s shows kick off with Ralph Lauren on Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
Also opting for dual-gender shows later in the week are Palm Angels — which is making its New York debut — on Feb. 8; John Elliott on Feb. 9; Opening Ceremony on Feb. 10, and Michael Kors on the final day, Feb. 13.
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EXCLUSIVE: Kent & Curwen Teams With ‘Peaky Blinders’ on Capsule

SNEAK PEAKY: Kent & Curwen is hitting the gritty streets of Twenties Birmingham, England, collaborating with the makers of “Peaky Blinders,” the hit BBC TV crime drama, on a capsule collection.
The capsule will make its debut on Sunday during the Kent & Curwen presentation at the grand Two Temple Place, overlooking the Thames, WWD has learned.
David Beckham, an investor in Kent & Curwen and the face of its campaigns, his eldest son Brooklyn and “Peaky Blinders” creator Steven Knight are expected to be at the Kent & Curwen show. The award-wining series, which began airing in 2013, stars Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory and Paul Anderson, and the next season is due to start in September, just as the collection drops in-store.
Kent & Curwen designer Daniel Kearns has created a three-piece tweed suit, lightweight frock coat, collarless shirts inspired by Twenties styles, peg leg trousers and flat caps. Some styles have printed canvas patches featuring the brand’s rose motif done as a Victorian-era photograph with the writing, “Garrison Tailors by Order of the Peaky Blinders.”
Garrison Tailors is a men’s wear clothing company founded by the show’s creator, Knight. The British-made tailored clothing is inspired by the Peaky Blinders-era costumes.
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Iceberg Men’s Fall 2019

James Long has been having a ball tearing through Iceberg’s archives and mixing up the brand’s Lego-bright, wacky Eighties knits with his own British aesthetic. This season he spliced punk and giant puffers with Mickey Mouse, Italian tailoring and skiwear to great effect.
“It’s sort of punk-y mountain, going from Milan to visit the punks in the mountains,” said Long, his neck glittering with long gold chains. He was also inspired by the fashion crazes and cross-pollination that happened when English football fans traveled to Italy for soccer games in the Eighties – and came back showing off all their bright clothing.
The result was a happy mash-up of knits with bright zigzags, abstract snowflakes or Mickey Mouse’s ears picked out in sequins and big, bright Iceberg logos that were slapped across zip-front hoodies or around the sleeves of black bombers and long nylon jackets. Kilts came with flashes of bright logo prints in between in the red tartan.
Long also sent out a snazzy lineup of tailored outerwear, including a plasticized chiffon logo trench from the women’s pre-fall 2019 collection, and elegant wool overcoats adorned with colorful Iceberg lettering.
Bright headbands and bulbous ski goggles screamed Milan-in-St. Moritz, as did those flashy track suits

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Emily Blunt Perfects Pastels on the Red Carpet and More Best Dressed Stars

ESC: Best Dressed, Emily BluntBased on this week’s fashion, 2019 is going to be a year of epic style.
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What to Watch: Looking Ahead

From short-shorts to vibrant day-glow hues, here are the key trends to look out for this spring.

Return to elegance
Neon
Bucket hats
Short-shorts
Dad jeans
Utility

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London Fashion Week Men’s Fall 2019: What to See, Eat and Where to Shop

LONDON — The first weekend in January is never an easy one, but London has the antidote, with a lineup of streetwear and luxury stores and restaurants serving everything from classic British to Taiwanese food, all of which will be open during London Fashion Week Men’s.

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END OF THE LINE: British property group Shaftesbury has expanded its retail portfolio, opening the first London outpost for the online men’s wear store, End. Occupying 9,000 square feet on the corner of Broadwick and Marshall Streets, the two-story glass-fronted space offers a range of collections from labels including Off-White, Gosha Rubchinskiy, Nike and Adidas Consortiums. The store, which already has units in Newcastle, England, and Glasgow, Scotland, features modern furnishings such as marble staircases and glass showcases.
End is part of a strategy by Shaftesbury to position Soho as a go-to destination for emerging brands. The company has been offering reasonable rents in the neighborhood, which is a few minutes’ walk from Oxford and Regent Streets. Shaftesbury has also helped to install Supreme, Palace, Carhartt and Dukes Cupboard, a multibrand retailer, in the neighborhood. Samantha Bain-Mollison, head of retail at Shaftesbury, has been driving the strategy. She describes End as “influential, with a renowned selection of directional and globally sourced men’s wear.” — Hannah Connolly
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Philipp Plein Pre-Fall 2019

While maintaining his aesthetic bold and flamboyant, Philipp Plein introduced more quotidian options for pre-fall.
A macro houndstooth pattern reflected the sartorial inspiration of power coats, wrap skirts and sheath dresses all embellished with leather details, while denim parkas matched with coordinated pants were richly lined with fluffy fur.
Jeans were also embellished with a cascade of crystals and studs, revealing the collection’s punkish inspiration, also echoing in the leather garments punctuated by metallic embellishments. A tribute to Eighties hard rock music bands, a pattern mixing flames and roses combined with the brand’s logo was splashed on silk separates and structured outerwear styles for the most audacious Philipp Plein’s fans.

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Pamela Golbin Leaves Les Arts Décoratifs

NEXT CHAPTER: After 25 years at Les Arts Décoratifs, Pamela Golbin is ready to turn a new page.
The fashion expert has resigned as chief curator of fashion and textiles, effective Dec. 31, and will pursue other projects. “Having celebrated 25 fulfilling years at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, 2019 is all about new beginnings,” she said in an Instagram post on Friday.
During her tenure, Golbin oversaw exhibitions on designers including Dries Van Noten, Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton, Madeleine Vionnet, Valentino, Balenciaga and Elsa Schiaparelli.
A fixture at fashion shows and industry events, Golbin has also penned five books excluding exhibition catalogues, the most recent of which was “Couture Confessions: Fashion Legends in Their Own Words,” a series of imagined conversations with leading couturiers that was published by Rizzoli Ex Libris in 2016.

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A Franco-Chilean born in Peru, Golbin attended Columbia University in New York and La Sorbonne in Paris. More recently, she completed an executive education program at the Harvard Business School.
She joined Les Arts Décoratifs in 1993 at the age of 23, becoming responsible for one of the three largest public collections of dress and textiles worldwide. In 1997, the museum inaugurated a 16,000-square-foot permanent gallery exhibition space

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Celeb Fashion Trends That Are Already Making an Impact in 2019

ESC: Street Style: Gigi HadidIt’s a new year and new you. Now, you need a wardrobe that shows it.
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Bonobos Signs PGA Golfer Justin Rose to Apparel Deal

Justin Rose, the number-two ranked PGA Tour player, is making a number of major changes before his 2019 season kicks off later this month.
On Thursday, he left his former apparel sponsor Adidas and jumped ship to Bonobos. Two days ago, he inked a 10-year equipment deal with Honma Golf, a Japanese equipment manufacturer seeking to gain a foothold outside its home country. He had previously been with Taylormade.
Bonobos’ signing of Rose is for a similar reason. The men’s e-commerce brand, which is now owned by Walmart, is also hoping to further make its mark in the golf world by aligning itself with a high-profile professional.
While financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, the marketing component of the agreement calls for Rose to wear Bonobos both on and off the course.

“When we decided to draw attention to our golf line, we wanted to work with someone who not only was a great representation on the course but in everyday life as well,” said Micky Onvural, chief executive officer of Bonobos. “Justin’s presence and power in the game of golf was a huge draw for us as a brand. He brings a level of credibility to who we are and what

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Tibi Pre-Fall 2019

News first: Tibi has officially launched men’s. Ssense picked up the smattering of men’s looks that appeared on Amy Smilovic’s spring runway and will be incubating the collection for at least a yearlong exclusive. “We didn’t really know we were tapping into something new in the market,” Smilovic said during a pre-fall preview. “Ssense really believes there’s a whole area missing for soft tailoring. Men’s doesn’t really have any young designer correlation. There’s nothing for a guy who’s like, ‘I want to pay a little more than contemporary and a lot less than designer and I don’t want to be street.’”
In terms of the pre-fall lineup at large, Smilovic focused on lightening things up in terms of attitude, a sense of humor. “We never do a theme, per se, but we were feeling the need to shake things up a bit, keeping on the track of updating classics, and a little bit of not taking yourself so seriously felt right,” she said. “We love suiting and a real urban palette, but we wanted to infuse it with a nature vibe.” Nothing was funny-ha-ha, but there were moments of cheekiness, for example, an oversize women’s suit cinched with a supersized, Eighties-inspired belt

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British Designer Joe Casely-Hayford Dead at 62

LONDON — Joe Casely-Hayford, who came to the fore in Eighties London and was known for his sleek, sculptural tailored clothing and professional rigor, died on Thursday at age 62 from cancer, according to a spokesman for his brand.
A Briton of Ghanaian descent, Casely-Hayford launched his first eponymous label in 1984, a time when the likes of John Galliano, BodyMap and Richmond/Cornejo were shaking up the city’s fashion scene. It was a time of fashion iconoclasm during the cutbacks and labor strife of the Margaret Thatcher era and Casely-Hayford was among those designers who put London back on the fashion map after years of gentrified doldrums as the city teemed with New Romantics, Goths and the Buffalo Gang — and long before the likes of Alexander McQueen, Hussein Chalayan and Julien Macdonald arrived on the scene.
Casely-Hayford dressed bands and musicians including U2, Betty Boo, Lou Reed and The Clash in his leather creations and tailored clothing and proved prescient on the sustainability front, too, spinning a bulk buy of World War Two army tents into a collection of safari-inspired clothes for one of his very early collections. A soft-spoken, polite and friendly man with a ramrod straight posture, the designer

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YouTube Star Colleen Ballinger Reveals She Secretly Got Married

Colleen Ballinger, Erik StocklinWedding bells secretly rang for Colleen Ballinger in 2018.
The YouTube star behind “Miranda Sings” recapped her big year with–you guessed it–a YouTube video over the weekend….

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Puma Inks Multiyear Partnership With Porsche Motorsport

FULL THROTTLE: Puma has inked a multiyear partnership with Porsche Motorsport, marking a high-profile addition to its existing partnerships in F1 and other top motorsport segments.
All 24 drivers from the Porsche Works, Juniors and Young Professionals categories will sport fireproof race wear by the brand, Puma said on Wednesday. This comprises the Formula E team and all factory GT racing activities. The pit crews will sport Puma-designed uniforms, with the Puma logo to also feature on race cars.
“We are proud to be partnering with Porsche Motorsport, one of the most successful racing companies with a rich tradition in motorsport,” said Bjørn Gulden, chief executive officer of Puma, which through its subsidiary Branded Sports Merchandising has also obtained the rights to develop, sell and market a range of replica and fan wear products for Porsche Motorsport, spanning apparel, footwear, headwear, accessories and bags.
 

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Agnona Pre-Fall 2019

Frida Kahlo served as inspiration for several designers over the decades. Agnona creative director Simon Holloway, though, focused on a more personal and private aspect of the Mexican artist, rather than on her colorful and exotic style.
Inspired by an exhibition of her personal belongings hosted at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum earlier this year, Holloway looked at Kahlo’s makeup and fragrances, which stimulated his sophisticated color sensibility. Delicate blush and pink tones were juxtaposed with purple, brown and gray shades in the elegant collection, which offered an upscale, covetable wardrobe for women looking for timeless, durable pieces with a modern spin.
Agnona’s outstanding textile quality stood out in the plush, cozy yet lightweight designs, including an effortless chic ribbed cardigan layered on a sable fur vest, felted cashmere narrow double-breasted coats and hyper feminine plissé knitted skirts and tops. The sense of relaxed refinement infused in the lineup was highlighted by the velour tracksuits worn with oversize camel coats, while trenchcoats crafted from luxurious performance materials revealed the collection’s practical attitude.
Continuing working with a coherent and cohesive approach, Holloway is actually shaping the new image of the Agnona brand, which is actually widening its offering to welcome onboard the younger generations

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Bianca Manley Amzelek to Join Louis Vuitton in Paris

NEW BEGINNINGS: Bianca Manley Amzelek is moving to Paris to join Louis Vuitton’s press team. Amzelek, who had worked for Chanel in New York since 2012, will arrive at the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned brand later this month as product public relations director, a new post, a spokesman for the brand said.
Amzelek will report to Benjamin Cercio, director of press, influencers and entertainment relations, marking the latest shakeup in the PR team at Vuitton, which in September named Stefano Cantino as senior vice president of communication and events, succeeding Jenny Galimberti.
Manley Amzelek’s most recent title at Chanel was associate director of international press and VIP relations. Prior to that, she worked as a PR manager at Giorgio Armani, having started her career at Chanel in 2006.

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Shop These Go-To Joggers and Hibernate

E-comm: Shop these Go-To Joggers and HibernateAs the year comes to a close, you’ve got a lot of things to think about.
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Pringle of Scotland Pre-Fall 2019

Inspired by a post-World War I quote from curator Alistair O’Neill, “Women had gotten used to wearing their husbands’ cardigans,” Fran Stringer patched together feminine and masculine silhouettes for this cozy, laid-back collection.
Oversized knitwear was worn over flowy knitted trousers, while other knits included a cable-knit granddad-style cardigan and a twin set in the form of a khaki brown sweater and asymmetric skirt with ribbing.
 

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Stringer also adopted a “make do and mend” attitude. Classic cable-knit and intarsia argyle styles were reworked and patched together and whipped into a multicolored boxy jumper and a midi dress in black and green with a high neck.
Details on other knits included ruffle cuffs and necklines and vintage-looking buttons on oversized cardigans. An outfit composed of a roomy, acid green twin set and cargo-style military trousers with a high waist looked cool and chic.

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Virginie Morgon Makes French New Year’s Honors Roll

PARIS — Virginie Morgon, chief executive officer of Paris-based investment firm Eurazeo, was made a Knight of the Legion of Honor, France’s highest civilian decoration, on New Year’s Day.
With a portfolio of roughly 15 billion euros in assets under management, of which 9 billion euros is from third parties, Eurazeo is a shareholder in Moncler, Farfetch, Vestiaire Collective, Nest Fragrances and Pat McGrath Labs, among others.
Others associated with the fashion and retail worlds who were promoted to Knight of the Legion of Honor in the annual list included Jean-Luc Déchery, owner and ceo of leather-goods brand Camille Fournet, and Franck François, founder of hair salon chain Vog.

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The Best Drugstore Beauty Products Celebrities Used on the Red Carpet in 2018

ESC: Best Drugstore Beauty Products of 2018Good news: Achieving glam, red carpet-worthy makeup doesn’t have to be expensive.
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Tooling Around Tokyo for Vintage Treasures

TOKYO — The Japanese capital arguably has some of the best vintage shopping in the world, with stores across the city offering a huge variety of used pieces in excellent condition. Many visitors flock to areas such as Harajuku, Daikanyama and Shimokitazawa to get their fix. But to the west of the city center is an area that is often overlooked: Koenji.
With a location that is just removed enough from the packed streets of Tokyo’s business districts and yet still easily accessible, Koenji has a unique atmosphere that draws people young and old to its web of tiny streets. Old-school bars, Japanese-style pubs and “live houses” (small establishments with live music) mix with cool art galleries, great restaurants, eclectic cafes and, of course, some of the city’s best vintage shopping. It’s one of the few areas — if not the only one — in the city where great deals can still be found, and since many of the stores specialize in very specific eras or aesthetics, the clientele varies widely.
“This is one of the few places where you can live in a fashion style. You can wear the style and then go to a cafe that reflects that style, and

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Whitney Eve Port Delivers a New Bundle

NEW PORT: Whitney Eve Port has sailed into a new gig. The former fashion designer and cast member of “The Hills” has been named chief brand director of Bundle Organics, a brand of products aimed at women in their childbearing years, which contain ingredients that claim to enhance fertility, fill cravings and promote fetal development in pregnant women.
The former star of MTV reality series “The Hills,” which aired from 2006 to 2010, Port has publicly confirmed that she’s participating in the franchise’s reboot, “The Hills: New Beginnings,” which is launching in the spring.
At the end of a phone interview on Wednesday, Port revealed that she was “headed to Santa Barbara for filming of the last day of “New Beginnings.” “Not everybody came back, but almost everyone came back. It’s been fun to reconnect,” she said, declining to confirm reports that Lauren Conrad is a no, but Heidi Montag, Kristin Cavallari and Spencer Pratt and Brody Jenner will all be seen in “The Hills” reboot. “A lot of us have kids now. It’s been really fun to connect on another level.”
Asked about the story line of the reboot, Port demurred, saying, “You’ll have to just wait and see and tune in.”
Port,

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Max Mara Pre-Fall 2019

“Nureyev: All the World His Stage,” the documentary by Jacqui and David Morris released earlier this year, majorly influenced the Max Mara pre-fall collection.
In particular, during a walk-through at the company’s showroom, creative director Ian Griffiths said he focused on the backstage moments and rehearsals when Rudolf Nureyev and his beloved dance partner Margot Fonteyn were captured wearing their training outfits, including T-shirts with rolled-up sleeves and knots at the waist, ribbed knitted leggings and cache-coeurs.
The inspiration actually translated in the fluidity and dynamic sense of movement infused into the elegant collection. Ballet’s iconic tones echoed in the chic color palette, mainly focused on neutral shades with pink touches, as well as more vibrant red accents and graphic blacks.
Griffiths showed a soft hand in the development of the cozy coats layered over flowing pants and draped lightweight tops, as well as chiffon panel dresses injected with an ethereal femininity. This was balanced by the tailoring appeal of the cashmere and reverse satin suits, as well as by the bold silhouette of a covetable trenchcoat worn over a fine cable knit sweater, while Max Mara’s iconic 101801 camel coat was presented with an impalpable organza shell — a symbol of the

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Hubert de Givenchy, George H.W. Bush, Kate Spade, Stan Lee in Their Own Words

Hindsight, foresight, oversight — depending on perspective, all may apply to words spoken by some of the more established cultural figures who died in the past year.
Over the years, WWD sat down with numerous designers, politicians and writers to reveal their ambitions and obstacles alike. Here are a few of the more memorable lines spoken by some who helped to define the world we live in.
Hubert de Givenchy
“Mine is one of the most beautiful professions in fashion: making others happy with an idea.”
“Balenciaga was my religion,” Givenchy said, explaining that he assembled more than 1,000 dresses for the collection of the Spanish designer’s creations. “Since I’m a believer, for me, there’s Balenciaga and the good Lord. Balenciaga had a sense of construction of clothes. He did things that were intelligent, which isn’t the case today. People are interested in glitz.”
“Fashion’s over. There are bags and shoes that are more and more ugly. That’s all. There are perfumes and everyone talks of luxury. But for me, luxury is, in part, to be well-dressed.”
Kate Spade on starting her own company over dinner with her husband in an Upper East Side Mexican restaurant: “Andy said, ‘Why don’t you do handbags? You love handbags,

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Sportswear to Get You Pumped for 2019

E-comm: Sportswear to Get You Pumped for 2019For whatever reason, 2018 was a rough one and, needless to say, you are so very ready for 2019.
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Ones to Watch: Tiziano Guardini

For Italian designer Tiziano Guardini, sustainability is a personal matter. “I’m a vegetarian and I really have this almost primordial need to go back to living in harmony with nature, to respect it,” he said. After graduating in economics, Guardini decided to join the KOEFIA fashion academy in Rome where he followed a master’s degree in product management. He then started to collaborate with local ateliers, but taking part in AltaRoma’s Limited/Unlimited project in 2012 was the real turning point in his career. “It’s an initiative promoting free creativity without any commercial purpose and it was such a good opportunity for me because for the first time I looked into myself and told a story [close to my heart],” Guardini recalled.
In sync with that edition’s “Sculptural” theme, Guardini presented statement garments including coats made of pine needles and sculptural dresses crafted from licorice roots. After the project, he decided to develop his sustainable approach in more contemporary pieces, as he made it his mission to have “everybody dressing in a sustainable way in the future.” He gradually started to research more common eco-friendly materials to introduce in his offering, beginning with cruelty-free silk.
“The ultimate mission is to create products respecting nature as

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Sportmax Pre-Fall 2019

The purist and innovative architecture of Le Corbusier inspired the graphic appeal and the striking contrasts of the Sportmax pre-fall lineup.
The brand’s signature urban aesthetic was updated this season with a versatile approach resulting in the detachable details of a range of pieces, including leather coats and trenches, which can be transformed because of the functional zippers.
Graphic striped motifs contributed to the sartorial appeal of the sartorial outerwear and to the purity of the fitted midi dresses showing college-inspired polo collars.
The world of sport remained at the core of the label with multicolor bands embellishing the intarsia leather bombers and neoprene giving a soft touch to a zippered hoodie with the ergonomic cuts highlighted by the use of Lycra. An eye-catching starred print splashed on a silk pleated dress introduced a flamboyant touch breaking the lineup’s overall rigor.

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Umberto Marzotto Dead at 92

MILAN — Count Umberto Marzotto, heir of the Marzotto textile family, died Friday at age 92, in Lugano, Switzerland. The cause of death was a degenerative illness.
Funerals will be held on Jan. 3 in the Duomo of Valdagno, the Italian town in the Veneto region where the Marzotto company is headquartered.
The son of Gaetano Marzotto Jr., the entrepreneur and philanthropist who built the family-owned company into an international and giant textile and fashion powerhouse in the 1900s, Umberto Marzotto is survived by his second wife, Gemma Gerolimetto, and his four children Matteo, Paola, Vittorio Emanuele and Diamante. Their sister Annalisa, who had cystic fibrosis, died in 1989.
This is the latest death in the Marzotto family, following that of Umberto’s brother Pietro, a former chairman and chief executive officer of the group, last April, and of his first wife Marta, in 2016. His brother Giannino, a former Marzotto chairman, died in 2012.
Umberto Marzotto was a longtime former president of the publicly listed Zignago SpA, a glass maker based in Portrogruaro, in the Veneto region, and part of Zignago Holding, consisting of a diversified portfolio ranging from the production of wine to real estate assets. He was also a member of the Marzotto

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2018’s Best Celebrity Fitness Trends: The Workout Kardashians Love, Technology and More

ESC: Fitness Trends 2018During 2018, celebrities revealed exactly what it takes to stay in top shape. Based on their workout routines, it’s not easy.
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Ones to Watch: Courtney Pellow

Determined not to be defeated by New Zealand’s isolation — and before she had even launched her brand — emerging Auckland-based designer Courtney Pellow flew to New York earlier this year to find a showroom. Zannick Studio took her on and she didn’t have to wait long to get noticed.
In September, Gigi Hadid attracted international media attention when she stepped out at Milan Fashion Week in a pair of the designer’s eye-catching patchwork Up-Cycled Sock Pants.
Handmade from faulty wool socks discarded by a New Zealand manufacturer and retailing on Pellow’s web store for 1,196 New Zealand dollars or $ 821 at current exchange, the pants were among several pieces from the designer’s debut collection that were loaned to Hadid’s stylist.
A day later, Hadid was photographed again in another Courtney Pellow style: the White Camo Cropped Jean, a relaxed-fit, mid-rise jean in a camouflage print with contrast denim waistband and patch pockets.
While upcycling accounts for just 20 percent of Pellow’s production, sustainability is front of mind for the Auckland University of Technology graduate, who is using organic cotton in her T-shirts.
Other repurposed products include the Up-Cycled Sock Jumper and a range of Bush Shirts crafted from vintage wool blankets that Pellow sources from

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Johanna Ortiz Pre-Fall 2019

“When you’re expecting something to receive in June or the end of May, you want to wear it immediately. You don’t want to wait two or three months to wear it,” Colombia-based Johanna Ortiz explained over the phone of the direction for her first pre-fall collection. The designer has been masterfully designing feminine frocks over the years and took to her first pre-fall collection to build out her daywear offerings — with an emphasis on easy summery shirts, skirts and dresses that could  transition into fall. A plaid suit, peach-colored eyelet blouse (one of Ortiz’ favorites) or button-downs with Western-inspired piping paired with a lightweight, leather skirt were among the highlights. While less ornate or frilly than her gowns or swimwear, they held the same feminine allure with versatile wearability.
Her expanded swimwear was great. Ditto to her gowns and flirty dresses, offered short for the first time this season. Both came in a varying jaguar prints — Ortiz’s first dip into using animal prints — best seen on a wonderful spotted dress with ribbon-ties at the shoulder and waist with matching Tabitha Simmons collaboration sandals or a ruffled one-shoulder navy maillot with the animal walking through Colombian coffee plants.

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Christopher Bailey, Twiggy Among Fashion Names in Queen’s New Year Honors List

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Queen Elizabeth II has handed honors to a clutch of names in the arts and fashion worlds as part of her New Year’s Honors List 2019. Honorees will receive their awards at Buckingham Palace at various times over the next few months.
Christopher Bailey is among this year’s honorees. Bailey, who served as Burberry’s president and chief creative officer until March, and who had previously been chief executive officer, will receive a CBE, or Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, for his work at the British brand.
This is Bailey’s second royal accolade: He already holds an MBE, or Master of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, which he received in 2009.
Twiggy has also been recognized by the British monarch. The model and Andy Warhol muse whose pixie cut defined the fashion of the Sixties, will be named Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

TWIGGY LEAVING LONDON AIRPORT FOR NEW YORK WHERE SHE WILL DO PHOTOGRAPHIC MODELLING – 20 MARCH, 1967<br />VARIOUS 
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Daphne Selfe, Britain’s oldest working model at 90 years old, is being honored for creating opportunities for older women in the modeling industry. She will receive a British

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10 New Year’s Resolutions Based on Beauty Advice From the Kardashians and More

Kim Kardashian, Kourtney KardashianAre you ready for 2019?
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Ones to Watch: Maggie Marilyn

Determined to be a business that is on board with the New Zealand government’s plan to be a carbon-zero country by 2050, Maggie Marilyn is trying to do its part on a variety of levels. The company’s namesake said, “As a proudly New Zealand-made business, we are acutely aware that our location means shipping materials further because of our geographical isolation. We are now starting our journey to learn, understand and, therefore, be able to calculate our carbon footprint. It is our goal to reduce this as much as possible and have engaged outside experts to enable us to carry out this goal.”
Key sustainability achievement of 2018: It has been a really exciting second year in business for Maggie Marilyn. We have just converted all of our dispatch plastic packaging to organic compostable packaging sourced from a local New Zealand company. This packaging is made from cassava root. It doesn’t produce harmful or long-lasting microplastic particles or leave any chemical trace elements following degradation in the soil, rivers, sea or air. We have also for the past four months been writing our sustainability strategy to align with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Sustainability target for 2019 : As a company,

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Natasha Zinko Pre-Fall 2019

Natasha Zinko offered her take on two very hot topics for pre-fall: Sustainability and gender-neutral clothing.
She had quietly began experimenting in both arenas with her catwalk show in September, where she unveiled a small men’s wear range, but with her new pre-fall collection she was ready to make a bolder, more confident statement and come into her own.
The men’s wear line — which Zinko codesigns with her 11-year-old son Ivan — is already growing and so are the crossovers with the women’s range.
Everything from the brand’s signature tracksuits, to tailoring and oversize outerwear became interchangeable.
“I’m always taking my husband’s clothes and he takes mine. No one cares anymore, especially when it comes to streetwear,” said Zinko, pointing to a women’s bandana-printed tracksuit she ended up styling on a male model, matching men’s and women’s check shirts and roomy blazers referencing the suits worn by the Duke of Windsor and high-waisted jeans, which were photographed together in a bid to create a contemporary take on “Thelma & Louise.”
Zinko also wanted to take a stance against the much-talked-about issue of waste, which gave the brand a revitalized sense of purpose.
She turned a photograph she took of a Miami beach being cleaned in the

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Home Is Calling for Young Chinese Designers

SHANGHAI — As Champagne glasses clinked and heads of industry assembled at The Woolmark Co.’s gala in October to celebrate 50 years of trade with China, six of the country’s most successful designers presented their capsule collections made with Australian merino wool. During the event, the designers were periodically called for press photos, interviews and business introductions, yet between these obligations, they gravitated back to one another, sharing pats on the back, chats and inside jokes.
Perhaps it isn’t surprising that in the emerging pool of contemporary Chinese designers, there is camaraderie and familiarity among the biggest players. The kinship could also be down to the fact that many of them have studied at the same overseas colleges, shared the same manufacturers and suppliers, and worked in the same studios as their careers advanced.
Although many of these successful young Chinese designers studied their craft overseas — this cohort particularly favoring Central Saint Martins in London, many are now returning home to China to set up or promote their labels as the market in their homeland matures.
There is a mix of reasons why this moment in time offers a unique and exciting opportunity for Chinese designers to return home. As the nation’s economy continues

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19 Red Carpet Hairstyles You Can Recreate for Your New Year’s Eve Party

ESC: Jessica ChastainThe countdown to New Year’s has begun.
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Men’s Spring 2019 Trend: Retro Businessman

What’s the difference between a woebegone, Seventies-era businessman and a spring 2019 hipster? Less than you might think. Designers are serving up retro-tinged tailoring and suburban-dad sportswear that’s so uncool, it’s cool.

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Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott Teams Up With Dsquared2 on Capsule

POWER COLLABORATION: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott are making their debut as fashion designers in collaboration with Dsquared2 founders and creative directors Dean and Dan Caten.
The fashion photographers and the Canadian twin brothers teamed up on a fashion capsule collection, hitting selected stores and the Dsquared2 online shop in February.
As suggested by its name, the Mert and Marcus 1994 x Dsquared2 capsule captures the most iconic spirit of the Nineties, as seen through the filters of the creative crew. Including a range of eye-catching pieces for men and women, the collection is focused on a combination of bold volumes and bright hues and is infused with a hip, underground vibe inspired by the Nineties’ Berlin metropolitan scene where music, art and fashion collided creating a hip, forward-thinking environment.

Mert and Marcus 1994 x Dsquared2 capsule. 
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The Mert and Marcus 1994 x Dsquared2 capsule counts a range of overalls, bombers, tank tops, hoodies, oversize T-shirts, asymmetric sheath dresses and boxy tailoring styles, all crafted from a selection of fabrics that are masterfully manipulated to create laminated, paperlike and rubberized effects.
In addition, iconic archival images shot by Alas and Piggott, including pictures of Kate Moss, decorate some of the pieces for a post-punk

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Emilia Wickstead Pre-Fall 2019

Emilia Wickstead wanted to tell a story of whimsy and empowerment with her latest pre-fall range.
Continuing the feminist narrative she started on the catwalk last spring, she turned to Fleur Cowles, the American artist and editor of Fifties magazine Flair, for inspiration: She was drawn to the way the famous editor worked hard to make a fortune in a man’s world, yet kept her “fun-loving and vivacious attitude” alive.
It was easy for Wickstead, whose vision of an empowered woman is one who keeps her femininity — and flair for romantic floral dresses — intact, to bring Cowles’ colorful spirit into her world.
She created a charming rose print — Cowles’ favorite flower — that featured on bright orange trenches and an array of midi dresses.
She also channeled the riot of pattern and color from Flair magazine’s interiors pages with a bright orange polka-dot print. It came in a pleated crepe midi dress for day and a more delicate, tulle version for the evening.
Elsewhere, Wickstead updated signature silhouettes such as her wool-crepe, structured midi dresses with pastel hues, small geometrical cutouts and Fifties-inspired necklines. She continued to add more separates to her range, too, with elegant pussy-bow blouses, a canary yellow two-piece

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Miley Cyrus Marries Liam Hemsworth in Vivienne Westwood

Miley Cyrus wore a made-to-order Vivienne Westwood gown for her wedding to Liam Hemsworth this past weekend.
For the private ceremony held at their home in Franklin, Tenn., on Sunday, Cyrus opted for the Long Cocotte, an off-the-shoulder ivory gown from the British designer. The dress is corseted with draping across the bodice, and goes for $ 8,600 at retail.
Despite having a history of donning wacky, out-there outfits — including a silver belt as a top at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards — the “Younger Now” singer kept her look understated for her wedding (even if it did come from the anti-establishment designer who helped invent the Punk look). In a video posted on Wednesday, Cyrus is seen singing Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” in her dress, wearing spare amounts of jewelry and keeping her hair undone.

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Cyrus and Hemsworth were first engaged in 2012, but broke things off in 2013. The couple’s on-again, off-again relationship officially resumed in 2015, and by 2016, Cyrus was rumored to be having dinner with the Australian actor’s family on a regular basis. During an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in October of that same year, DeGeneres asked about

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Take a First Look at Miley Cyrus’ Beautiful Wedding Dress

Miley Cyrus, Liam HemsworthMiley Cyrus’ wedding gown is everything we thought it would be–elegant, sophisticated and timeless.
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John Varvatos Business on a Growth Path as Sale Rumors Silence

NEW YORK — In 2020, John Varvatos will mark a major milestone — the 20th anniversary of showing his first men’s wear collection.
Like any fashion label, Varvatos has experienced his share of ups and downs over the past two decades — ownership changes, painful reductions in staff, department store consolidation and changing shifts in fashion.
But after a couple of years of flux, the John Varvatos business is once again in expansion mode. The brand just entered the Middle East with its first retail store in Dubai and there are others in the wings. New product categories such as accessories, jewelry and swimwear are being added.
Star USA, the more-casual, younger and lower-priced line, has been completely revamped and will be unveiled at the Pitti Uomo show in Florence in January.
The architect steering these changes is Mark Brashear, who joined John Varvatos Enterprises as chief executive officer three years ago. Brashear has a long history in the men’s industry that includes Nordstrom, Façonnable, Hugo Boss and Michael Kors.
He’s also seen as a straight shooter and, as such, doesn’t duck questions regarding the uncertainty that surrounded the brand just two years ago when rumors were rampant that its majority owner, the private equity group, Lion

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Chiara Ferragni Launches Beauty Bites Masterclass

QUEEN MIDAS: Everything Chiara Ferragni touches seems to turn into gold — or even better, into its modern equivalent of likes and followers.
The latest initiative launched by the influencer and entrepreneur behind The Blonde Salad digital platform and the Chiara Ferragni Collection footwear and accessories label is no exception.
Ferragni teamed with her personal makeup artist Manuele Mameli to launch Beauty Bites, a beauty masterclass to be held in Milan’s Teatro Vetra venue on Feb. 9–10.
Sponsored by Lancôme and Sephora, the project will “enable followers to move from virtual to real,” reads the dedicated web site providing information on the special event. Starting from 2.30 pm, the four-hour makeup and hair style masterclass will be divided in two parts: in the first, Mameli will share professional beauty techniques and tips, while the other will involve attendees — including Ferragni herself — trying to replicate the looks.
Mayhem in the social kingdom followed: after the Beauty Bites Instagram account featuring teasers, videos and Ferragni’s key beauty looks reached 44,500 followers in a few days, over 37,000 people queued online on Tuesday to buy the 700 tickets available to the masterclass, with many users giving up once they discovered that beauty — and Ferragni

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Ji Oh RTW Fall 2019

Gender ambiguity in fashion has been a hot button issue this year, with many retailers and brands embracing a fluid approach to dress. Designer Ji Oh knows it, and has a design ethos rooted in subverting classic men’s wear for women that boasts broad appeal.
The big news from her fall range was a distinct focus on recontextualizing classics to draw in more male consumers. It’s a wonder why she hasn’t introduced the idea of “unisex” clothing into her collections before. She used the term loosely as trousers, like a quirky pair of “blazer pants” or another with pleating on just one side, are fit differently for guys and gals.
She shot her look book on both male and female models — twice in the same outfits — to show an inherent neutrality. Off-beat shirting looked just as cool on him as on her, as did striped trousers; the pleated skorts cut one leg higher than the other, though sharp and clean, were definitely geared for more eccentric fashion enthusiasts.
There were a lot of pieces here that demonstrated experimental restraint. The aforementioned shirting, for instance, were easy to wear even with asymmetric construction or manipulated fabric gatherings along the chest. Speaking of,

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Selfridges Notches More Than 4 Million Pounds in Early Hours of Boxing Day Sale

LONDON — Footfall may have been down on Boxing Day, which marks the start of the winter sales in Britain, but for Selfridges, the pickings were rich.
The store, known for its bright yellow branding, said following a strong pre-Christmas trading period, it took in more than 4 million pounds in the first hours of the Boxing Day sale, which began Tuesday night online and Wednesday morning in-store.
Selfridges said it has already seen a 6 percent uplift on last year, and added that Boxing Day 2018 is on track to remain the retailer’s biggest trading day of the year. Selfridges doesn’t close until 9 p.m. local time, so final numbers are still unavailable.
The company said shoppers began arriving outside the Oxford Street store at 2:30 a.m. on Boxing Day, the day after Christmas, when estate owners and employers in Britain traditionally gave gifts to their employees. The store said it expected to see around 120,000 customers between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Wednesday.
Selfridges.com has seen the highest number of site visits to date, with 1.5 million customers visiting the site since Tuesday night, with “high double-digit growth” online compared with last year, it said.
So far the highest-performing departments have been women’s

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Coats To Complete Your Party Look

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Miu Miu Revamps Web Site

NEW NEW: Miu Miu has unveiled its revamped web site, featuring a new, sleek layout and a more dynamic, streamlined navigation system.
The digital platform combines editorial content, campaign images and short videos with a restyled e-commerce offering the brand’s whole range of ready-to-wear collections, footwear, bags, eyewear and fragrances.
In addition, a Miu Miu Club section enables users to dig deeper into the brand’s archives, tracing it back up to the first, spring 1993 collection. In addition to images of the fashion shows, the section also features special projects and all the Miu Miu Women’s Tales short movies, flanked by extra behind-the-scenes content and interviews with the directors and protagonists.

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Unveiled in 17 European countries first, the web site is currently available in five languages: Italian, English, French, German and Spanish. In 2019, the new miumiu.com will consequentially roll out across Asia, North America and the Middle East.

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Raquel Allegra Pre-Fall 2019

Like many designers, Raquel Allegra looked back to the Nineties for inspiration this season, specifically her high school years in which one of her favorite pieces of clothing was a DKNY T-shirt borrowed from a boyfriend. Incorporating the oversize initials “RALA” into one of her slouchy, fine-gauge knit Ts was one of her bolder nods to the decade.
The others came in more subtle fashion: the hero piece, a camouflage tie-dyed mesh anorak; a subtle gradient grey washed silk blouse; or a navy button-front, midcalf-length skirt.
Each season, Allegra finds new ways to manipulate her signature tie-dyed silks and cottons, while copiously layering in new fabrications and updated silhouettes. This season, it was the olive, brown and navy tie-dye masquerading as camouflage that was her starting point, as the earth tones grounded her collection.
Around these mesh and woven pieces, she added layers for underneath such as a Nineties throwback ribbed tank dress, and on top, a quilted cotton olive trench or a sleeveless coppery satin duster. Allegra also offered more luxury-casual looks such as a washed silk blouse and cotton jersey pant work together as a tie-dyed lavender and marigold matching set.
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Young Royals Join Queen at Sandringham for Christmas Day Service

FAMILY SPIRIT: Royals young and old came out in force for the Christmas Day church service at St. Magdalene’s church near Queen Elizabeth’s country estate in Sandringham, England.
This was Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle’s, first Christmas as the wife of Prince Harry.
She arrived wearing a Victoria Beckham navy coat and midi knit dress, showing off her baby bump. She paired it with a feathered hat and a modernist, structured clutch bag, also designed by Beckham.
The Duchess of Cambridge – who walked beside the newly married couple with Prince William – wore a more classic burgundy coat by British designer Catherine Walker, with a matching headband and Jimmy Choo pointed-toe pumps.
Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, the latter with her new husband Jack Brooksbank, were also among the churchgoers.
They greeted members of the public, who also attended, and shared holiday wishes.
The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Philip didn’t attend. Both are fighting a winter cold.
As per tradition, the royal family had a black tie dinner on Christmas Eve, where they exchanged presents. They will also get together for Christmas lunch at Sandringham, the Queen’s country estate in Norfolk.

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Must-Read Celeb Memoirs

E-comm: Must-Read Celeb MemoirsYou’ve made it, the holidays are here.
Whether long or short, hopefully you have at least a few days off to take a break and decompress from the year that was 2018. And what better…

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L.A. Knitwear Label Replica Ramps Up With Nostalgia

As nostalgia continues to drive designers to mine their pasts for inspiration, L.A.-based knitwear label Replica Los Angeles is gaining traction in the market for its throwback motifs. Angeleno Nathalie Saphier, who spent 15 years in Paris designing for Sonia Rykiel, Christophe Lemaire, Eric Bergère, Gaspard Yurkievich and Isabel Marant, decided to venture out on her own after another decade of styling for magazines and celebrities such as Amber Heard and Serena Williams and consulting for L.A. brands ranging from Lucky Brand to Equipment, A.L.C. and Raquel Allegra.

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“When I lived in Paris, I was constantly trying to piece together looks based on my youth—I grew up on David Bowie and punk rock, and designers like Terry de Havilland and Peter Max have always been big inspirations,” Saphier said. “Replica has become a billboard for all the things that shaped me in the Seventies, Eighties and Nineties. I’m replicating in a way, my ideal wardrobe when I was a teenager.”
As megabrands such as Gucci popularize logo and graphic knits, Saphier decided to pay homage to Bowie, Iggy Pop and Pop Art at a more accessible price point—$ 180 to $ 500 retail for cashmere and cotton blends. “I’m not a knitwear

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Warm RTW Pre-Fall 2019

“In summer, everyone’s tan. Everyone feels thinner even if they’re not…maybe it’s just the tan…but for me, I make happy clothes and clothes that try to make you feel happy and like you’re on vacation while grinding it out in the city,” Warm designer Winnie Beattie mused. The designer used knowledge from her own store, customer requests of buy-now warm-weather pieces, combined with requests from her buyers for transitional pieces that can still sit on the floor come early fall, as well. Envisioning those warm summer nights, Beattie designed a lovely collection to appease both.
There were easy printed voile dresses — floral mumus, geode minis — or washed silk jumpsuits with pussy bows and rompers fit for Beattie’s clambake nights in Amagansett, N.Y., that also stayed true to her unwavering versatility. Throw on one of her washed macro-floral printed silk or striped cotton dresses with a pair of Manolos for a summer wedding or dirty Chucks for running around, either worked wonderfully. Plaid “rainbow” cover-ups — a matching surf poncho and trouser — took the place of summer sweaters (because sweaters in the summer is “like admitting it’s cold, which is a horrible, sad thing,” Beattie quipped) made a stellar addition to the

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Melania Trump’s Stylist to be Honored by City Officials in French Hometown

As the year comes to a close, First Lady Melania Trump’s designer choices have been the focus of plenty of listicles.
Soon her stylist of choice, Hervé Pierre, will be in the spotlight in his hometown. Pierre’s holiday celebrations will be extended Wednesday in Sancerre, France, where he will receive the keys to the city.
“I’m so touched because everyone is working in the wine industry or in the goat cheese industry. Sancerre is located on top of a hill, which is where all the vineyards are. And at the bottom of the hill you have Chavignol goat cheese, which is the most delicious and expensive one in the world — for people who like goat cheese.” he said. “It was not so easy as a kid to do fashion in that environment.”
“The good news was that they knew what I wanted to do. You have a lot of parents who look at their teenagers and say, ‘What are we going to do with that one?’ That was not the case with my parents. I knew exactly what I wanted to do — which university, which school. It was actually a very straight line. There were no surprises,” he said.
Although his father

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Leggings to Complete Your Winter Wardrobe

E-comm: Leggings to Complete Your Winter Wardrobe ‘Tis the season to mingle, but dressing up all day, every day is exhausting.
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Garment District Rezoning Goes Forward With City Council Approval

It’s official — the New York City Council has approved rezoning of Manhattan’s Garment District.
After decades of wrangling and dispute among city officials, landlords, designers and long-term tenants — the sometimes warring parties have come to a truce. Thursday’s landmark vote frees up parameters that were put in place in 1987. Since that time under Mayor Ed Koch’s administration, which established the district, landlords in Manhattan’s Garment District have been required to add a square foot of garment space for every square foot removed for some other use.
Garment District loyalists lobbied for a building earmarked for garment manufacturing, a tax-incentive program to enlist more owners and to provide tools to upgrade the industry and train workers for long-term survival of the garment center’s nucleus. Community Boards Four and Five, Pratt Center for Community Development, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the Design Trust for Public Space and The Municipal Art Society, have been pushing for Garment Center preservation.
The city’s Economic Development Corp. and the Garment District Alliance Business Improvement District, which more or less covers the area bordered by 35th to 41st Streets and Fifth to Ninth Avenues, have been behind the rezoning, which they feel would benefit the

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Nanushka Pre-Fall 2019

“Effortless femininity that reflects the brand’s signature, modern nomadic aesthetic infused by Seventies interior design inspiration. I’m really attracted to the Seventies interiors and also the Seventies architecture,” Budapest-based Nanushka designer Sandra Sandor said of her vast pre-fall collection, pointing to Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill and Mexican artist Javier Senosiain. The collection leaned more Bofill than Senosiain with clean lines and an earth tone palette but the largest inspiration came from Seventies-inspired interiors and upholstery. For instance, velvet puffed bags and vegan leather garments such as a quilted, updated version of its Hude puffer jacket embodied a comfortable yet clean upholstery. Prints were also inspired by vintage duvets: a washed floral tank top and underlayer set or new snake print on a button-up shirt and skirt combination and updated puffer jacket.
The nomadic aesthetic — “the essence of the Nanushka philosophy” — that is rooted in the brand’s Hungarian roots flowed through in relaxed, elongated silhouettes such as long sweaters piled over skirts or daydresses with Western hints on their pockets and collars. Sandor also used tonal, fabric covered rope and tie-techniques to emphasize the female figure. There were wrapped silk dresses as well as front-tie napa leather offerings. Accessories included a

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Raf Simons and Calvin Klein Part Ways

Calvin Klein Inc. and Raf Simons said Friday night that Simons is leaving his post as chief creative officer.
Both parties have amicably decided to part ways after Klein decided on a new brand direction which differs from Simons’ creative vision.
Calvin Klein will not show during New York Fashion Week in February.
The news confirms WWD reports of growing tension between Calvin Klein executives and Simons.
According to sources, the company decided in September to reduce some of Simons’ responsibilities and wanted him to agree to a new contract with fewer responsibilities. Sources said Klein decided certain areas of the business such as store design, visual merchandising, e-commerce, public relations and communications, and corporate social responsibility would report to Marie Gulin-Merle, chief marketing officer, rather than Simons, who had been given total responsibility for all creative areas when he joined in August 2016.
In late November, Emanuel Chirico, chairman and chief executive officer of PVH Corp., parent company of Calvin Klein, said in rather blunt terms on the company’s earnings call that the reimagined Calvin Klein — under Simons’ direction — is not working. He said the collection, renamed 205W39NYC, needed to become more commercial and that investments in the collection and advertising would be

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Our Favorite Puffer Jackets

E-comm: Our Favorite Puffer JacketsIt’s chilly outside, we don’t have to tell you that.
We probably also don’t need to alert you to the fact that you’re going to need a jacket if you plan to be outdoors for…

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Etienne Russo Held in Japan on Suspicion of Marijuana Smuggling

TOKYO — Fashion-show producer Etienne Russo was indicted in Japan on Friday on charges of cannabis smuggling after being arrested weeks prior, according to reports by Japanese media.
Customs officials at Narita Airport outside of Tokyo are said to have found a liquid that they believe was extracted from cannabis, packed in Russo’s luggage. The founder of Villa Eugénie entered the country on Nov. 30 for the Dior men’s pre-fall fashion show that was held in Tokyo. He is said to have been seen at the show, but has been in custody since early December.
Russo and his event production firm Villa Eugénie are popular among luxury brands, having worked on shows not only for Dior but also for brands including Hermes, Thom Browne and Dries Van Noten. He makes a brief appearance in the new Netfilx series “7 Days Out” documenting preparations for a Chanel couture show.

Japan has very strict drug control laws, with zero tolerance and tough penalties for offenders. Use and possession of cannabis is punishable by up to five years’ imprisonment and a fine, whereas cultivation, sale and transport are punishable by up to 7 to 10 years in prison and a fine.
Russo will be held

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Alice + Olivia Pre-Fall 2019

Designer Stacey Bendet is all about emotional clothing. It’s what drives her design process, which has undertones of female empowerment. It also drove a new direction in the look book shoot to mirror videos she’s made recently that bring her clothes to life. She shot against a black backdrop to allow the clothes to really pop. Her theme for the season, after all, was a blend of pop art, Twiggy and the swinging Sixties, but brought into modern day with her signature thread of eclectic confidence.
The mixed prints here were the most striking, and ranged from a rainbow of snake prints on an accordion pleat dress to a wicked mash-up of florals, animal prints, mod checks and stripes in an easy wrap gown. She extracted the florals to create a burnout fabric, which she pieced together into a flowy colorful dress. She highlighted colorblocking elsewhere with a great tailored plaid trench and matching miniskirt.
The collection maintained an energetic tone that worked for a number occasions. A lightweight black-and-white plaid coat for day, sexy snakeskin burnout separates and saturated monochromatic looks for the office, or a patchwork denim jacket that read “love more” and “game changer” to keep it cool while

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Dolce, Gabbana Cleared of Tax Evasion at Fiscal Level

TAX BREAK: Despite their recent scandal in China, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have reason to celebrate the holidays: The designers have been cleared of tax evasion charges also at a fiscal level.
While Dolce and Gabbana were acquitted in 2014 at a penal level at the end of seven years of legal troubles — which included an acquittal from charges of fraud from a judge at the preliminary hearing level in 2011, a reversal at a higher court, new charges of tax evasion and two trials at lower court — fiscally in Italy the issue was not resolved and meant they could be hit by a fine by the tax commission. Case in point, in March 2013, Italy’s tax commission fined the designers 343.4 million euros, plus interest.
The fine by the tax commission is separate from the tax evasion trials, but both stem from the same accusations put forward by Italy’s Internal Revenue Agency of omitted and unfaithful earnings declarations.
The designers were charged with alleged tax evasion totaling 416 million euros related to the 2004 sale of the Dolce & Gabbana and D&G brands to the designers’ Luxembourg-based holding company, Gado Srl. The Italian tax police reportedly considered Gado essentially a

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Sandra Bullock Is a Festive Beauty in Red and More Best Dressed Stars

ESC: Best Dressed, Sandra BullockHollywood is officially in the holiday spirit with epic, festive fashion.
While many have turned indoors to spend time with family, the release of Bumblebee, Second Act, Bird Box and Roma…

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Richemont Joins Alibaba’s Anti-Counterfeit Alliance

FIGHTING THE FAKERS: Compagnie Financière Richemont has become the latest international corporation to join Alibaba’s Anti-Counterfeiting Alliance, which aims to protect intellectual property rights on the e-commerce giant’s platforms.
Alibaba said this week that Richemont is now among 115 members from 16 countries and regions that are part of the AACA. Richemont said it would share its technology, expertise and other information to support the Alliance’s efforts.
Richemont has long been an anti-counterfeit crusader, with a robust in-house legal team that has gone after watch and jewelry counterfeiters and the sales platforms that sell their goods.
Richemont, New Balance, General Motors and McDonald’s, are the latest global brands to join the AACA, according to Alibaba. The alliance’s membership has more than tripled from the original 30 founding brands at its launch in 2017.
Alibaba said it works with brand partners to find and eliminate fakes at their source. In the luxury sector, Alibaba and Louis Vuitton — one of the first members of AACA — conducted an offline investigation that resulted in the seizure in May of approximately $ 14.4 million worth of counterfeit goods.
“The protection of intellectual property rights requires all stakeholders to work closely together and share their expertise. The AACA will continue its efforts to establish

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Camilla and Marc Pre-Fall 2019

Siblings Camilla Freeman-Topper and Marc Freeman sought to explore the idea of human connection and intimacy for pre-fall. In a positive note, that meant injecting clothes with comfort, through both cozy fabric selection and design. There were silhouettes that cocooned and wrapped the body, like a transparent Lurex knit top and roomy, angora wool windowpane coat with detachable scarf to bundle up in. Sporty zip-up bodysuits and sweaters with a casual element rounded out wardrobe enhancers essential for layering.
A hallmark of the brand is approachable, easy chic, found namely in empowered tailoring. A plaid coat cut on the bias was a striking example of understated luxury for both its contouring effect and easy wear. A velvet herringbone blazer featured strong, accentuated shoulders in a great proposition for power suiting. They played to house codes of harmonious contrasts by offering fluid evening dresses to offset structured tailoring. There was an effortlessness to a billowy sheer red dress with great movement, and playfulness in the fringe framing an hourglass shape to a camel dress.
Freeman-Topper made a point to highlight the brand’s seasonless appeal. “I’ve always said Camilla and Marc is forever,” she said on a call from Australia, adding: “We have pieces

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House of Harlow 1960 x Revolve Looks to Swim for Expansion

DEEPER WATERS: Nicole Richie’s House of Harlow label continues to broaden its assortment, now looking to swim for its next move.
The business, in conjunction with retailer Revolve, has launched a 44-piece collection of swimwear and ready-to-wear under the House of Harlow 1960 x Revolve label. It’s the first drop of several planned for rollout across January, February, April and May.
“Swim is a strong category for Revolve definitely with the top three peak months, so it just made sense for the progression of the brand,” Richie said. “We, last resort, came out with great footwear styles so this is more about completing that story.”
The range is priced from $ 68 to $ 198 and, for the first drop, is being sold exclusively through Revolve.
The assortment is in keeping with the design aesthetic Richie’s built House of Harlow on, with neutral colors in addition to knot detailing, stripes and crochet.
“It’s still very House of Harlow, really beautiful cover-ups to go with the swimwear so that it can transition into ready-to-wear,” Richie said.
Teaming with Revolve has helped on the back end in terms of designing House of Harlow for the market, Richie said. She cited the multibrand e-commerce company’s access to consumer data as an

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Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Continue Their Glamorous Wedding Celebrations With Third Reception

Nick Jonas, Priyanka ChopraNick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra continue to celebrate their love like stars.
The newlyweds, who tied the knot in two ceremonies at the start of this month, carried on their post-wedding…

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Guy Harvey Collection to Debut at Surf Expo

Perry Ellis International will unveil its inaugural Guy Harvey apparel collection for men, women and children at Surf Expo, slated to run Jan. 10 to 12 at the Orlando Convention Center.
The fall collection is the first Guy Harvey product created by PEI following the recent signing of a global licensing agreement with the artist, conservationist, scientist and entrepreneur.
The collection will be focused around performance and lifestyle items including T-shirts, technical fishing pieces, headwear, sportswear, swimwear and layering pieces.
In addition to the apparel, a new line of Guy Harvey boating and coastal casual footwear will also be offered. Jack Schwartz Shoes Inc. is the licensee for the footwear.
With both the apparel and shoes, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, a nonprofit organization that funds scientific research and educational initiatives.
Harvey said Perry Ellis’ “expertise in lifestyle brands and experience across broad apparel product categories will expand our reach to new audiences.”
The apparel collection will be available at select department stores, sporting goods and specialty stores as well as online.
The launch of the Guy Harvey collection is among the largest initiatives undertaken by Perry Ellis since George Feldenkreis, the former chairman, completed a $ 437 million

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La Prestic Ouiston Expands With Plans for Store in Paris

A NEW FLAME: Rounding out a globetrotting tour of pop-up stores, La Prestic Ouiston is opening its first boutique in the Saint Germain district of Paris and launching an e-commerce site at the start of next year.
Nearly a decade old, the upscale Parisian label best known for original prints and fluid silhouettes, has recently experienced a surge of interest abroad, where it is sold in places including Fivestory in New York, Ron Herman in Los Angeles and Japan, Hanwha Galleria in Seoul, and soon on Matchesfashion.com.
For the label’s designer Laurence Mahéo, opening a Paris store will offer the chance to return to her design roots with one-off items. Self-taught, the designer was exposed to textiles growing up—her grandparents ran ahigh-end fabric store in France—and, as an adult, started selling clothing at Le Bon Marché in small batches of one-off pieces. Mahéo branched out into collections at the suggestion of the Left Bank institution’s Régine Bérault.
“I didn’t realize I was building a brand—I was making clothing,” recalled Mahéo.
“I still have a hard time realizing that it has become a French label with a certain notoriety…I feel like I have spent 10 years working like crazy and, suddenly, lifting my head up,

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